A ladder left near a house can be used to gain access inside

Simple measures key to preventing break ins

Terrace RCMP detachment can offer assessments and advice

  • Aug. 21, 2015 5:00 a.m.

DWAYNE Sheppard surveys the outside of a home on a quiet residential Terrace street.

A recreational vehicle has been backed into the driveway, close to the home’s second-storey overhang extending over the garage.

It’s too close, observes Sheppard, an auxiliary RCMP officer.

The ladder affixed to the back of the vehicle could offer someone an easy way up to the overhang and, potentially, a way inside the house through an upper floor window.

“Sometimes it just takes another set of eyes,” says Sheppard in outlining a series of tips on safeguarding a residence against a burglar.

Around the back, he points to another ladder, this time of the all-purpose aluminum variety, left on the ground.

“Chain it to something like a garden shed,” says Sheppard. “If someone doesn’t use it on your house, they could use it on your neighbour’s.”

Residential break-ins at times occur as a crime of opportunity, made easier by a homeowner’s failure to take simple preventative measures, Sheppard says.

Removing the opportunity and the means to carry out a break in could then encourage a would-be burglar to move on, he said.

Sheppard advises people to install motion sensor lights outside of their residences which then illuminate the outside at night should someone approach.

He even cautions people who install portable air-conditioners in their windows.

“They can be pushed in,” said Sheppard and so provide an opening for access inside.

Sheppard’s had training in providing break-in preventation advice and more information is available by contacting the Terrace RCMP.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

City council considers easing food truck restriction

Food trucks limited to four hours public parking, may increase to six hours

The pros have a plan to play, what about minor hockey?

Plans are in the works, but the process is moving slowly

City of Terrace creates bylaw framework for ride-hailing

No ride-hailing announced yet for region, but may be coming soon

BC Hydro building extension almost complete

Extension will serve as a heated parking space for vehicles

COVID-19 highlights lack of connectivity in First Nations communities

Many don’t have access required to utilize online platforms, says First Nations Technology Council

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Facing changes together: your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

B.C. tourism seeks relief as businesses wait for COVID-19 restrictions to ease

Mid-June earliest for more in-province travel to be authorized

Northern Health bus service resumes standard passenger eligibility

Patients with non-essential medical appointments can ride starting June 1

VIDEO: Humpback whales put on quite a show

The ‘playful’ pod lingered by a Campbell River tour operator’s boat for quite some time

Introducing the West Coast Traveller: A voyage of the mind

Top armchair travel content for Alaska, Yukon, BC, Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California!

B.C. woman launches First Nations search, rescue and patrol program

Linda Peters envisions trained searchers ready to go at moment’s notice in each B.C. First Nation

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Man who bound, murdered Vancouver Island teen still a risk to public: parole board

Kimberly Proctor’s killer is still ‘mismanaging emotions,’ has had ‘temper tantrums’

Most Read