The Regina Police Service is once again urging Regina residents to lock their garage doors and sheds, and remove garage door openers from cars parked on the street or driveway.
From September 17 to 24, there have been 58 reported break and enters in the city (compared to 32 during the same time last year). Of these, 23 were to residences, 6 to businesses, 3 to compounds, and 26 were garage break and enters. Many of these break and enters were a result of unlocked or open garage doors, while others began with a garage door opener left in view in the victim’s vehicle, where a thief then broke into the vehicle to take the opener.
There are a number of proactive strategies that residents can employ to help prevent garage break and enters:
- Remove garage door openers from cars parked on the street or driveway. To thieves, that small piece of plastic is the key to a treasure trove of valuables, and even possible access to your house through an attached garage;
- Securely lock all garage doors; both outside doors and the attached doors that lead into the house;
- Assess the condition of garage doors. A weak or damaged door or lock is easily forced open by would-be intruders;
- Install motion sensor lights by your driveway/doors.
Crime prevention involves the whole community. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to call the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500. If you see a crime in progress, call 9-1-1.