Toronto Police have issued a statement to inform Scarborough residents of a significant spike in recent residential break-ins.
Over the past 8 weeks, police have seen an increase of 43% in break-and-enters in 42 Division, which covers the area between Highway 401 (south), Victoria Park Avenue (west), Steeles Avenue (north), and Pickering Town Line (east).
The majority of the break-ins have occurred during daytime hours, and suspects have been targeting homes where the fronts of the residences are either concealed or obstructed by overgrown bushes, hedges, trees or glass enclosure vestibules, according to police.
Investigations have revealed that suspects had been acting as door-to-door solicitors or canvassing in an attempt to avoid suspicion in the area.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in reporting suspicious person(s) and behaviour in their neighbourhoods.
“If you see someone doing something you know is illegal, or locate an authorized person in a secure area, call the police right away,” states a press release. “The sooner you call us, the sooner we can get to you and the better our chances of locating the person you saw.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).