Cabin break-ins still a problem
From Sept. 14 to Sept. 22, Trinity Conception District RCMP responded to 104 complaints and calls to service from the citizens in our district. Our routine everyday traffic enforcement duties are not included in that total. The following is a snapshot of several investigations over the last week which highlights the nature of some calls we received and identifies incidents that the public can possibly help us with by providing information. Sept. 16 • Received a report of a break and enter into a cabin in the Town of Small Point.
• Received a report of a theft from a commercial dump truck belonging to the Department of Transportation and Works in the Town of Bay Roberts. Two tires were stolen from the dump truck (size 425/ 65/ 225). These tires are valued in excess of $1,000.
• Received a report of an armed robbery in the Town of Carbonear. A 19-year-old man from the Town of Harbour Grace walked into the Shoppers Drug Mart in Carbonear and held a knife in his hand and demanded money from another customer in the store. The 19-yearold man was arrested and is held in custody until his next court date, on Oct. 18.
• Received a report of numerous break and enters into cabins on Sutton’s Pond Road, just off the New Harbour barrens. Some of the items missing are: A 35cc Poulan chainsaw ( green); a 2200 watt Honda generator ( red with black handles); an 18-inch Craftsman chainsaw; a 2009 420 cc 5-speed Honda quad, with a brand new seat, and a camouflage bike cover; an electronic chess set; some food; and a 35 mm camera.
• Received a report of a theft of a bicycle from a residential property in Shearstown. The bike is described as a red BMX.
• Received a report of a motor vehicle accident in the Town of Carbonear. A patrol was made to the scene and following an investigation, the driver of the vehicle, a 46 year old woman from Carbonear, was arrested for impaired operation. Court is set for Dec. 6.
• Received a report of an assault with a weapon in the Town of Bay Roberts. A group of young people were outside McDonald’s, shooting paint balls at one another. A 13-year-old female from the Town of Bay Roberts was injured and was taken to the hospital for treatment. This investigation is ongoing and charges may be pending. Sept. 17 • Received a report of a break and enter into a camper and a cabin in the area of Gull Pond, off the New Harbour barrens. Extensive damage done to the front doors and items missing include a broom, two axes, a hammer and miscellaneous compact discs.
The Trinity Conception Districvt RCMP would like to remind members of the general public that they are encouraged to report any information regarding suspicious or criminal activity to their local police detachment. You can report your information in person, by phone or you can be anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. www.nlcrimestoppers.comhttp:// www.nlcrimestoppers.com>
Tips from your Community Policing OfficerIt is that time of year again. Unfortunately, there are people out there that prosper every year from breaking into cabins, trailers and sheds, and they are at it again! Here are some tips:
1. Do not leave any alcohol or money in your seasonal properties, and take valuables home;
2. Take photos of your recreational vehicles, tools, TVs and items of value;
3. WRITE DOWN THE SERIAL NUMBERS (and keep them somewhere safe, preferably another location and if you can leave copies with a Key Holder);
4. Have someone check on your property when you are not there;
5. Put in an alarm system if possible, even just an audible alarm will help, and cover the lines to the alarm with PVC pipe or by other means;
6. Have the property well lit and secured;
7. Place a board or block in the track of a sliding door and on all your windows;
8. Close all curtains and blinds;
Cst Vicki Chalker Community Policing Officer Trinity Conception District
RCMP (709)786-2118 (709) 589-5635 cell Vicki.Chalker@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
9. Have all doors, windows and access to a building or structure, secured by a heavy duty lock;
10. Keep a log of suspicious vehicles or activity in and around your property;
11. Have copies of all serial numbers, photos of items and insurance policies, safely kept and copied in another location;
12. Have a person who has access to these properties as a designated “ Key holder” so that they can check on your property in the event that your are out of town, or further away.
Note: Police may not check on a property, for the report of an alarm, if there is no key holder. This is because we get calls for alarms numerous times a day and cannot possibly check on every incident, unless there is a report of a criminal act.