In­crease in home break-ins ad­dressed in com­mu­nity meet­ing

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

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.

Two sus­pects who were ar­rested as part of a break-in ring

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