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This article was published 13/9/2017 (279 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The number of break and enters across Brandon has gone up this year, according to the Brandon Police Service.
This year, there were 173 reported cases of break and entries to homes, garages and sheds from Jan. 1 to Sept. 1, Sgt. Dave Andrew said. That’s up from 141 break and enters during the same time frame in 2016.
That does not include business break-ins, which have gone down slightly from 33 break-ins in 2016 to 31 in 2017.
"It seems like we are getting more and more reports of break and entries, especially over the past three months," Andrew said.
Properties have been hit all over the city, Andrew said. However, Green Acres, downtown and the west end of Brandon seem to be taking the brunt of the break-ins.
"(The Brandon Police Service) is increasing our patrols in areas that have been affected … members of our crime units are also active in trying to identify individuals who are responsible in these types of crimes," Andrew said. "We’ve noticed there are a few repeat offenders, but there are a number of different individuals involved … arrests lately have been anywhere from youths as young as 12 years old and adults in the 18- to 20-year-old range."
An increased amount of methamphetamine in the city may be playing a role in the increase, Andrew said.
There has also been an increase in meth-related arrests since January, including possession and trafficking charges.
"Individuals involved within the drug trade are looking to get their hands on property that they can sell quickly in order to supply their habits," Andrew said.
"This is why you’ll see a large number of bikes stolen … bikes are items that can easily be altered and sold."
Even though break and entries tend to spike in the summer months, Andrew said it’s important to take precautions year-round to keep your property safe.
"Put your property away, make sure garages and sheds are locked. If you’re going away, have a neighbour, family or friend keeping an eye on your property … it’s not going to make you 100 per cent safe, but it’s certainly a deterrent," Andrew said.
Motion lights or security cameras are also a good way to make thieves think twice before trying to get into a property.
"If you make it easy for them to access your property, they will take advantage of you," Andrew said.
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