The Saanich Police Department is cautioning residents across the district after several sheds have been entered on residential properties over the past week.
Police add that in most cases, residents reported items to have been stolen from their sheds as well.
Police say that since March 15, there have been “several” reports with a common theme.
In each case, sheds were not locked, making it easy for any suspect to enter.
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“While we would like to alert the public of these break-and-enters occurring in our community, we would also like to take this opportunity to ask residents to check their unlocked sheds to determine if any items are missing,” reads a statement from police.
Police are advising that “a simple lock on the door and keeping shed windows closed can be useful deterrents” for keeping potential thieves at bay.
Additionally, Saanich police suggest other crime prevention methods such as adding motion sensor lighting and a home security camera.
If you think a theft has occurred, please contact us using our non-emergency line at 250-475-4321.