Local resident reports break-ins as a frequent occurrence
There have been more than 400 break-ins reported in 53 Division this year and Const. Timothy Somers of 53 Division said that is significant.
“Criminals have become more sophisticated and are targeting houses for specifics,” said Const. Somers, adding break-in rings are using more people to case neighbourhoods. “Because that takes time to study people’s schedules to figure out when to appropriately break into a house.”
Bedford Park resident Michelle Lalanne says she can’t count how many times her car has been broken into.
“There’s been a lot more organized crime behind break and enters this year. I’m not talking about any specific group. I’m talking about a group of individuals working as an organization to facilitate break and enters.” — Constable Somers
“Usually, for us at least, it’s when we’ve forgotten to lock a car. It’s rifled through, the glove box will be open or the console will be open, but we don’t usually have anything of value in the car,” she said.
That was until her car was broken into in early October and her husband’s Canada Goose jacket was stolen from the trunk.
She has never reported these incidents to police and mostly views them as a nuisance.
“That is a real problem in policing,” said Const. Somers. “I understand that they feel that it’s almost like a what’s the point kind of thing, but it is extraordinarily important to report those to the police because it allows us to track them, and it allows us to put investigative teams in the right place at the right time.”
For Lalanne, it’s the invasion of personal space that affects her the most.
“How often are people walking through the neighbourhood and committing these crimes? We don’t know what time it’s happening, and it’s kind of creepy in a sense that just outside your door people are brazen enough to try and get into cars,” Lalanne said.
Two suspects who were arrested as part of a break-in ring