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Thieves continue to target sheds, garages and outbuildings throughout Port Alberni.
Thieves are gaining access into these storage areas as some property owners are not locking up or simply leaving the doors open for anyone to access, while in some situations thieves are forcing entry. In several situations, the thieves are accessing the back or side yards of homes from an alley or greenspace at the rear of the residence then walking to the storage building and entering them. A common problem appears to be that these areas are not well lit or visible to passers-by, neighbours and, in some cases, not even to the property owners.
Thieves are stealing whatever they can get their hands on. Everything from power and hand tools, to bicycles and electric bikes to household goods, personal mementos and even empty recyclable containers. Nothing is off limits to these thieves.
Residents are reminded to exercise effective crime prevention practices including ensuring that all doors and windows are closed and properly locked, do not leave anything in sight whether around your residence or in your vehicle, install good outdoor lighting in the front, sides and rear of your property and trim bushes minimizing areas of darkness or concealment. Surveillance cameras can also be installed for added security. Further, it is recommended that valuable items be stored inside the home and that sheds and outbuildings should ideally only be used to store less valuable items.
Anyone with information on this, or any other crime, is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at
250-723-2424 or Alberni Valley Crime Stoppers at:
• by phone: 1-800-222-8477(TIPS)
• online: www.solvecrime.ca
• by SMS: Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)