Police say businesses in small-town Manitoba should take care to protect their premises after a series of break-ins and attempted break-ins across several southcentral towns.
Treherne RCMP say that, between Aug. 21 and Sept. 11, they were called to numerous incidents to businesses in Treherne, St. Claude, Somerset, La Rivière, Holland and Notre Dame.
Suspects damaged windows or doors to gain entry and in some instances tampered with alarm systems to attempt to gain entry to the businesses.
Five businesses in Souris also suffered break-ins or attempted break-ins last weekend.
As officers continue to investigate each incident, Central Plains RCMP remind business owners to be vigilant on implementing and maintaining crime reduction strategies.
There are numerous steps businesses can take to assist in making their businesses more secure and reduce crime.
That includes having the checkout counter near the front of the store, so that employees can monitor activities inside and outside the store.
Trees near the building should also be kept well-trimmed and fire escape ladders should be secured so that they cannot be used to access the roof. Landscaping that can provide cover or hiding places to thieves should be clear, and the area around the building should be well lit and visible to the street.
Other suggestions include avoiding large displays or posters that would cover the windows and removing large objects from loading zones, where people could hide.
When closing a business for the evening, police also suggested emptying out the cash drawer and leaving it open, so that it can be seen from outside to be empty.
Sometimes even the smallest actions, such as getting together with the other businesses in your area and agreeing to watch out for suspicious activity, are beneficial to help keep the business community safer.
» Brandon Sun
Nothing stolen in residential break and enters
Two Brandon homes appear to have been broken into, but it doesn’t look as if much was stolen.
Police were called to a home on the 300-block of 13th Street just past 9 a.m. on Tuesday. An alarm had gone off at the home at about 12:30 that same morning, while the homeowner was away. At that time, a contact person had checked the home and found a broken window, but didn’t think anyone had made it inside.
Later that morning, however, they checked inside and found an open drawer. It’s not known if anything was stolen and officers continue to investigate.
Another break-in was reported Tuesday evening, just past 6 p.m., to an apartment on the 300-block of Dennis Street. The resident says he found the door kicked in when he came home from work.
However, nothing inside appeared to have been damaged or stolen.
Police continue to investigate that incident as well.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 20, 2012