Lo­cal res­i­dent re­ports break-ins as a fre­quent oc­cur­rence

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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

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