Thieves targeting unlocked windows in City Centre: Surrey RCMP

SURREY RCMP are advising the public of a number of break and enters where the suspect(s) are attempting to enter residences through insecure windows in the City Centre area of Surrey.

Between August 3 and August 24, Surrey RCMP received six reports of overnight break and enters where the suspect(s) entered or attempted to enter through insecure windows of City Centre residences. In three of these incidents, the suspect(s) cut or removed the bug screen to enter the residence. The thief or thieves seem to be targeting items in plain view such as laptops, speakers, clothing, and wallets.

While residents were home in all of incidents, none of the victims encountered the suspect(s). However, in one case, the suspect said “hello” twice before entering and fled immediately when they heard an occupant respond from inside the home.

Surrey RCMP’s Property Crime Target Team is investigating this series of break-ins, including reviewing any available CCTV camera footage. The team is urging residents to lock front doors and windows, and to keep garage and patio doors closed, even if they are home. Security cameras are also a great tool in capturing any unwelcome activities occurring on your property.

“Our team is working diligently to find the culprit or culprits involved in these break and enters,” said Sgt. Rob Dalphond with the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team. “It is unnerving to know a stranger is trying to gain access to your residence, especially when you are home. Please take some extra safety measures to make sure your home is not an easy target for thieves.”

For more tips on home security, visit Surrey RCMP website.

If your home, garage or shed was broken into in Surrey, call the Surrey RCMP non-emergency to report it at 604-599-0502. If you witness a break-in or theft in progress, or if you believe the suspect is still inside or near your property, stay back and call 9-1-1.