Break-ins abound
RCMP stress ways of putting off burglars

by Jennifer Pritchett
Northern News Services

NNSL (Apr 09/97) - Ten Yellowknife property owners assessed their losses last week after their homes were broken into over the Easter weekend.

RCMP Sgt. Wylie Grimm said that holidays are popular times for break-ins because many people are out of town. Many break-ins can be prevented, however, by taking the necessary precautions, he said.

"Unlocked doors are a major cause," he said. "These people look for any indication that people might be on holidays."

Grimm said that this time of year, with warmer temperatures and increased snowfall, brings an added risk.

"With a lot of snow, there are signs (tracks in the snow) that show people aren't around," he said. "And it can be the same in the summer. People should keep their lawns mowed and watered then."

He recommends that homeowners arrange for neighbors to keep a close watch over their homes and turn on different lights every night if they are planning on being away for a short time.

"They can also look for strange vehicles and exchange information with their neighbors," he said. "They can look for a licence plate and contact the RCMP."

If people are going away for an extended period of time, Grimm suggests they arrange for RCMP property checks at night.

Homeowners can also work closely with their community policing station and Neighborhood Watch program to ensure their area remains safe from burglars.

And if all else fails, buy a big dog, or at least a dog with a loud bark.

"I'm a big fan of dogs," Grimm said.