RCMP warn residents about series of break-and-enters in North Vancouver

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      Amid preparations for the holiday season and the presence of Christmas presents in home, a rash of thefts from homes has been occurring on the North Shore.

      In a news release issued today (December 17), RCMP announced that a succession of 15 daytime break-and-enters have recently occurred throughout North Vancouver.

      The intrusions in the City and District of North Vancouver began around November 1.

      In most cases, the thief gained access to homes through a back entry, side garage door, or windows that could be easily moved by hand.

      Items stolen include jewelry, laptops, bicycles, and money.

      In three separate incidents, home owners encountered the suspect in their homes. However, no one was assaulted or injured in these encounters. North Vancouver RCMP advises anyone who finds themselves in this situation to leave your residence and call 911.

      Police are reminding homeowners to keep all doors and windows locked and to reinforce all entry points with deadbolts, alarms, and doweling (to brace windows and keep them in the closed position). More tips are available at the B.C. RCMP website. 

      Anyone with information regarding these cases is asked to call the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).