Increase in home break-ins addressed in community meeting
Rom Koubi, a Thornhill Woods resident and president of the Preserve Thornhill Woods Association, organized a community meeting in early October with the York Regional Police ( YRP) to discuss the most prevalent crime affecting the area.
“There has been a 20 per cent increase in home break-ins, so not invasions, but break-ins. So people that broke in and stole stuff from the house and walked away while people were not in the house,” said Koubi. This is based on the report the YRP officers provided at the meeting in regard to the Thornhill Woods area.
Koubi said he’s received an increase in complaints from community members about thefts and decided to organize this meeting. “They’re very informative, ” said Koubi, adding that the officers offered many tips to residents on how to deter opportunistic thieves from targeting their homes. “The more risks of them being caught, the less they want to go in to this property. If you have lighting, if you have cameras, if you have a security system, if you have a dog, they won’t even mess up with your property because the chances of them to be caught are greater.”
Earlier this year, eight charges were laid in relation to a series of breakins across York Region. When the suspects broke into a home in Vaughan, the homeowner hid in an upstairs closet and called YRP. Although the suspects fled the scene, they were arrested weeks later when a similar incident occurred in Durham Region.
In another incident, a safe full of firearms was stolen from a Markham home near Woodbine Avenue and Elgin Mills Road East while the homeowner was on vacation. It was found in Ajax the next day and was seized by police for forensic identification purposes.