Over 90 break and enters this past month in Burlington, Oakville, Milton, and Georgetown

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Published November 5, 2023 at 2:40 pm

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Police have responded to over ninety break-and-enters across Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Georgetown in the last 31 days.

According to Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) data, there were a total of 92 break-and-enter cases beginning from Oct. 5 to Nov. 5. This report also shows that in comparison to November (2022) there have been 25 fewer incidents (overall) of this kind.

The cities and towns saw their fair share of crimes related to break-ins, with 25 of these incidents happening in Burlington, 35 in Oakville, 27 in Milton and 5 in Georgetown.

The map below shows where these incidents took place:

Police data also indicates that the following places were targeted: 49 houses, one school, 26 stores and 16 were simply listed as “others.”
Among the reported break-ins, October 4, 10, and 18 recorded the highest daily incidents, each with 7 occurrences. In contrast, October 17 reported zero break-ins in the region.
As of Sunday Nov. 5, police have not mentioned in their reports of how many of the break and enter cases are solved and how many continue to be investigated.
In a significant break-and-enter incident this month, a rising trend saw thieves target 40 homes in Halton, including 20 in Oakville. The perpetrators’ primary objective was to steal keys to luxury vehicles, specifically targeting  models like Mercedes, Lexus SUVs, and Cadillac Escalades.
Halton Regional Police say, “often targeted homes are the ones that appear completely dark inside, or have left the same lights on for too long. Other signs that burglars look for to determine if the owner might be away, is if the lawn has not been cut or treated and snow hasn’t been cleared.”

To reduce the possibility of a break and enter, police recommend the following  preventative tips to residents:

  • Install secure locks on all doors and windows.
  • Keep your garage and main door locked at all times.
  • Consider installing security cameras.
  • New homeowners should change all the locks before moving in.
  • High value items such as lawn mowers, snow blowers, and gas barbecues should be stored out of sight when not in use.
  • Garden sheds and cabanas should also be locked.
  • Maintain record of serial numbers and descriptions of your household possessions.
  • Inscribe your possessions with your name or other easily identifiable markings so that police can confirm them as yours and return them to you.
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