Saanich homeowners returning from trips to ransacked homes; Police

Saanich homeowners returning from trips to ransacked homes; Police
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Saanich Police says they have received nearly 20 break-and-enter reports from homeowners returning from trips since March.

Saanich Police is hoping the public can help prevent and identify those responsible for a series of break-and-enters into homes in the area.

In a release Wednesday morning, police say they have had nearly 20 reports of homeowners returning from a trip to find their house ransacked since March.

Police believe the person or persons responsible are targeting the homes of residents that are away and know they have “the luxury of time once inside.”

In most cases, officers have found homes have been entered through a rear window or door, with jewelry, cash and liquor taken.

Although Saanich Police say multiple avenues of investigation are being pursued, officers still need more information and are asking anyone with knowledge of those responsible for these crimes to call police or Crime Stoppers.

Police say delaying your call could mean a suspect has moved on and is more difficult to find.

Saanich Police says basic tips to better protect your home includes:

  • Ensuring all your doors and windows are closed and locked, regardless of where
    they are on your house, high or low, big or small;
  • Stop paper and parcel deliveries;
  • Use motion lights and timers, and ensure your home security system is turned on
  • Tell your trusted neighbours, family, friends and Block Watch Captain that you’ll be away;
  • Have someone check on your house regularly; and
  • Don’t post your trip on social media until you are home.

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