Police warn of rash of break-ins in southwest Burnaby

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The Burnaby RCMP is reminding people to lock their doors and windows after identifying a spike in residential break-and-enters in southwest Burnaby that happened the same way.

A detachment crime analyst discovered a cluster of the break-and-enters that were reported between Aug. 29 and Sept. 11 and took place between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. In each case, the thief entered through a door or window that was left open.

While the warm weather might make leaving doors and windows open a tempting idea, it's the perfect environment for an opportunistic thief, say Burnaby RCMP.

Other crime prevention tips include not leaving bikes, tools or toys unattended in your yard, always closing and locking your garage or shed when not home. Lock doors and windows when you're distracted by working in the yard. It only takes a moment for a thief to run in and grab jewelry, a purse or wallet. And don't leave your garage door opener in plain view in your vehicle.

Burnaby RCMP asks that people report suspicious people or activities immediately to 604-294-7922.

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