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Prolific thief arrested in Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP have arrested a man they think is behind several break-ins along north Jingle Pot Rd.

Constable Gary O’Brien says the 48-year-old man was living in the area under a conditional sentence order. But he breached those conditions so a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was taken into custody by the Nanaimo Street Crimes Unit around 11:00am on Tuesday, May 20.

O’Brien says the man is now back in jail, where he’ll serve almost a year behind bars.

Meanwhile, RCMP are reminding homeowners to take some precautions to reduce their chances of being targeted by thieves.

– An empty house invites burglars.  Be wary of leaving notes on doors telling neighbours of your absence, even if it’s only for an hour or so. Use timers, cancel newspapers and have your lawn cut while you’re away. Whether your home or not, keep doors locked. Small windows over bathrooms and kitchen sinks should also be locked

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– Make sure your doors and frames are strong and in good condition and ensure any security devices are fit with strong screws and bolts

– Two out of ten break-ins don’t even involve force. Look at your home as a criminal would. Where would they break in? Would they need to break glass, climb a ladder to a second level window or crawl through that little window in the bathroom?

– Get to your know your neighbours. The best defense to home break-ins is creating a sense of community.

If you have any questions or concerns about your home security or Block Watch, call the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Section at 250-755-3257

 

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