Lo­cal res­i­dent reports break-ins as a fre­quent oc­cur­rence

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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.

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