Local resident reports break-ins as a frequent occurrence
Bedford Park resident Michelle Lalanne says she can’t count how many times her car has been broken into.
“Usually, for us at least, it’s when we’ve forgotten to lock a car. It’s rifled through, the glovebox 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 to be 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.”
There have been more than 355 break-ins reported in 33 Division this year, and that is a 14 per cent increase from 2017.
Steve Kee, of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, recommends parking in different spots.
“We all tend to be creatures of habit, but if there are thieves that are targeting you or your vehicle, they’re going to look at times,” he said. “If you give alternatives to someone, then you don’t look like a typical routine.”
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.