COQUITLAM — It appears the summer is an opportune time for criminals to ply their trade.
That’s prompted Coquitlam Mounties to warn residents to secure their doors and windows, especially during the warm weather.
The force has dealt with 13 break-ins between June 10 and July 7, directly related to unsecured windows or doors.
The break-ins occurred in the Coquitlam Centre area and the north and south side of Port Coquitlam.
In all the incidents, the thieves grabbed what they could and quickly left the residence.
Police have not caught the thieves, but do have some suspects in mind.
Mounties are also offering tips to keep your property safe, including reminding residents to close and lock windows, doors and patio doors when away or sleeping.
Other tips include:
- All outside doors should be metal-lined.
- Pin all exposed hinges to prevent criminals from removing doors, and remove all expensive items that can be viewed from outside through windows.
- Bring newspapers and other items into your house daily and remember to notify delivery companies to stop delivering before going on vacation.
- Install deadbolt-type locks in all entrance doors. Remember to fortify patio doors and windows.