The Prince Albert Police Service is noting a continued decline in the number of break and enters to residential properties, businesses and vehicles across the city.
Monthly statistics compiled for the Prince Albert Board of Police Commissioners show an overall drop in break-ins across the city this year, continuing a trend also seen in 2018 and 2017. Total crimes against property were down significantly across the city last year, with 710 fewer reports in 2018 over the year prior.
The Prince Albert Police Service continues to see a decrease in the number of reported break and enters in 2019 as well. In May, the most recent month for which statistics are available, police responded to 47 break and enters to residential homes, businesses and outbuildings. This number represents a 14.9 per cent decrease over May 2018, when police responded to 54 reports of break and enters.
“Our members are proactively targeting property crime in Prince Albert and are seeing success not only in arresting those responsible for break and enters, but in getting personal property back to residents in a timely manner,” said Prince Albert Police Chief Jon Bergen. “Residents play an important role in helping to drive down the number of break and enters and it’s important for residents to continue reporting property crime in their area along with any suspicious activity they might see around the community.”
More residents are also diligently logging their personal property information, including serial numbers, receipts and photos, which aid police in investigating property crime. Such was the case earlier this week when police located a bike stolen in a recent break and enter during an unrelated police call. Police were able to quickly match the bike, valued at $5,000, using photos and records supplied by the rightful owner.
The Prince Albert Police Service would like to remind residents and business owners to ensure their property is kept properly secured. Residents are reminded not to leave valuable items in plain view and keep doors to their vehicles, homes, garages and sheds locked.
A significant number of reported break and enters each month occur to vehicles or locations where doors have been left unlocked, or in the case of vehicles, suspects have gained entry using garage openers found inside the vehicle. In a number of recent break and enters to vehicles, residents reported the theft of wallets, bank and credit cards, cell phones and other electronics, along with various sums of money.