Crime of the Week – May 2, 2019

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Sometime between Monday April 15th and Monday April 22nd, 2019 unknown suspects entered a shed located on Chenal Road, Wallaceburg. Once inside the thieves removed six dark yellow Shimano Tiger fishing rods equipped with Okuma Reels. The value of the theft is approximately $2000. Crime Stoppers is seeking your anonymous information regarding the location of the rods and reels as well as information that can identify the suspects.

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Statistically, warmer weather means an increase in criminal activity – specifically household burglary and larceny. With spring in full swing, we’ve heard multiple reports of sheds, barns, and garages getting broken into with reports of everything from bikes, sporting equipment, and even ATVs getting stolen! What can you do to better secure your valuables in your barn, shed or garage?First, make door, and lock maintenance a part of your ‘spring cleaning’ checklist. Do a quick check on the stability of the door, the frame around the door, inspect hinges for loose bolts/screws, and ensure the door is secured by a decent lock that can’t be quickly cut.  Any door that is secured by a small padlock is not secure.  I learned this the hard way (see below)!

Investing in decent hinges, and a new padlock (easily picked up at Home Hardware for $20) can go a long way.  Second, burglars always looking for a path of least resistance.  If your shed has bright exterior lights or warning stickers indicating there may be an alarm, this may be enough to deter would-be criminals.  

Third, don’t leave high-ticket items in plain sight – these are the easiest targets for burglars.  Simply tucking these away and out of sight from nearby doors or windows can be the difference between a burglar choosing your garage, shed or barn, and moving onto someone else’s.