B & E artist on the prowl, police warn

Terrace RCMP are investigating numerous incidents of a man knocking on doors.

  • Nov. 4, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Terrace RCMP are investigating numerous incidents of a man knocking on doors claiming to be looking for someone, and even on occasions entering the residence when he thought they were empty.

Terrace RCMP believe that he was there for the purpose of break, enter, and theft.

“If you observe anyone in your neighborhood that is not known to you, be very suspicious of why they are there and what they are up to. If you observe any vehicles in your neighborhood that are not normally observed by you, take notice and record vehicle description, licence plates and person descriptions. Take pictures if you can safely, “ says Cpl. Mike Dame of the General Investigation Unit of the Terrace RCMP.

Terrace RCMP received information of a suspicious person knocking on doors of rural properties.

The RCMP attended the residence and spoke with the complainant and obtained concerning details. Police then conducted neighborhood inquiries and determined that a well dressed, clean shaven, man had been to several of the residences in the neighborhood.

The man presented himself with an alibi for being there and spoke politely and humbly to the occupants at the residences where persons were home. Police believe this was to eliminate suspicion that he was there for the purpose of any criminal activity. As a result of the man’s behavior and alibi, several of the residents did not initially call police and report the incident.

A few things to look for:

1. Someone going from door to door ringing doorbells or looking in windows.

While there are lots of legitimate reasons to go door to door, there are burglars who use this acceptance as a cover for their true intentions. If they knock and get no answer they can assume that the home is unoccupied. If any of the people go to a back or side yard after ringing or knocking on the door, this is particularly suspect.

2. Someone hanging around a home you know to be empty. Anyone hanging around an empty or vacant house may be a sign of a break and enter in progress.

3. Someone you do not recognize carrying items out of a residence or shed.

There are lots of legitimate reasons for someone to be removing items, but you will normally see that the homeowner is there and likely helping. If it is not obvious to you that it is legitimate, you may be witnessing a break, enter and theft in progress.

4. Someone hanging around the neighborhood for no apparent reason.

They may be casing out your neighborhood.

5. Unfamiliar vehicle parked at the mailboxes, but they are not getting their mail.

6. Unfamiliar vehicle parked on the street that appears to be out of place or just not normal.

Cpl Mike Dame says, “Get to know your neighbors and talk about what is going on in the neighborhood. This will help you identify people who don’t live in your neighborhood. Take note of what is going on around you. Criminals often look for people on a schedule. If you’re one of those people on a schedule, your neighbors may be able to keep a close eye on your residence for anything suspicious. Lock your doors and windows, use motion lights, and change up your routine.

Dogs, alarms, neighborhood watch, and communication are great crime deterrents. If you see anything suspicious, immediately call 911.”

If you have any information about these incidents contact the Terrace RCMP at (250)638-7400 or

anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS. Or a tip can be left anonymously online at www.bccrimestoppers.com.

 

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