THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Police report that “Just before midnight on June 13, 2011 police responded to a suspicious person in the backyard of a residence on Gladman Crescent. A 17 year old male was arrested in the area with several articles of stolen property. This male has no local address and will be held for court later today.”
There have, according to sources telling NetNewsledger.com been a rash of home break-ins and vehicle break-ins over the past week.
Thunder Bay Police offer some advice for homeowners:
Making Your Home Safer
Thieves look for homes that offer easy entry with a low risk of getting caught in the act. A break and enter is very often a crime of opportunity. The less careful you are in securing your home, the more likely that you could be a target.
The old saying that a best offence is a solid defense really applies to making your home a harden target. Here are a few easy things that you can do.
Always lock your doors and windows when you leave
Light up your home’s exterior
Keep windows clear of bushes
Have mail and flyers picked up for you if you’re away for a few days
Ask someone to keep an eye on your home while you’re away
Put lights and even a radio on timers in your home
Make your place look lived in when you’re away
By making your home hard to break into and creating doubt in a criminal’s mind, you better your chances of not becoming a victim.
What happens when you don’t lock your vehicle? You’ve given thieves a golden opportunity. Don’t make it easy for the bad guys! Don’t leave valuables in plain view.
If you leave your vehicle unlocked thieves will help themselves to personal items including very valuable personal information about you:
Vehicle registration, Drivers license and Insurance
This information can easily be sold and can lead to identity fraud!
Crimemapping is offered by the Thunder Bay Police Service and is a tool to help you in checking out what is happening in your neighbourhood. While the overall trend in some areas of crime continue to head downward in Thunder Bay and across Canada, the reality is that many areas of crime in our community continue to grow.You don’t have to wait for the annual statistical report to come out anymore. You can look at what is happening in your neighbourhood on a daily, weekly, or monthy basis. Crimemapping allows you to look at what is happening.