Sarnia Police are reminding individuals to secure their property in the wake of an increase in the number of thefts that could have been avoided if homeowners had taken a proactive approach.
Nice weather is being partly blamed for the thefts, which have criminals taking advantage of unlocked doors and windows in homes and vehicles.
Home owners have been leaving garage doors and windows insecure and criminals have been taking advantage of these opportunities. The thieves have been taking tools, bicycles, and other items.
Also, homes are not immune to break and enters and by not ensuring that your property has been secured, someone may take advantage of an opportunity.
Police are asking people to consider installing light sensors that would be activated in the areas of doors and windows. If the light does turn on and you are aware of it, take the time to check it out.
Also ensure that the area around your house is clear of clutter and overgrown plants and trees. This will help minimize where individuals could lurk in the shadows.
Do not leave your garage door open fully on a regular basis. This allows possible thieves to take note of what you may have worth taking from your garage.
Notify your neighbour if you are going to be away to look out for your residence and property. Have timers for indoor lights. Don’t tell everyone over social media that you are or will be away for you do not know who may be “creeping” you.
These are just some measures one can take to minimize the risk of someone breaking into your property.