Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy
West Vancouver - WVPD are asking that West Vancouver residents report any suspicious activity after an increase in residential break and enters in the month of July.
From July 1 to 30, 2019 there have been 29 reported residential break and enters in the District and 108 year-to-date. That’s a 65% increase when compared to a 5-year average.
Officers are actively investigating these incidents and utilizing numerous resources including Forensic Investigators, our Major Investigations Team, and Criminal Intelligence Officers, to identify any potential suspects.
So far, investigators have secured CCTV footage from multiple locations that shows suspects wearing hoods and gloves.
The suspects are stealing various types of property, including personal accessories, jewelry, electronic devices, sports equipment, etc.
WVPD are asking that residents take precautionary measures in order to lessen their chances of becoming a victim:
- Lock and secure your property when nobody is home
- Ensure your home alarm is operating properly
- Ensure you are proficient in accessing your CCTV footage
- Update notification agreements with alarm companies, for those with monitored systems
- Do not leave easily accessible ladders on your property
- Ensure your home has adequate exterior lighting
- Let your neighbours know if you plan on being away for extended periods of time
- Arrange for someone to check on your property if you plan on being away for extended periods of time
- Report all suspicious activity to police immediately
“The people responsible for these break and enters are looking for items of high value, and seem to be targeting homes that appear unoccupied at the time,” says Constable Kevin Goodmurphy. “We want to remind our residents that if they see or hear suspicious activity, to contact us immediately.”
If anyone can identify the suspects in the attached images, or if they have any other relevant information, they are asked to contact West Vancouver Police at 604-925-7300. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.