Break and enter suspect arrested near Cowichan Bay
North Cowichan\Duncan, West Shore, Police Dog Services
2021-01-07 12:23 PST
File # 2021-296
Frontline officers from North Cowichan Duncan RCMP and the Police Dog Service unit from West Shore RCMP located and arrested the suspect in a break and enter near Cowichan Bay on January 6, 2021.
At 11:15 am, police received a call about a break and enter to a home and outbuildings at a property around the Cherry Point Road area. The suspect left the area when he was discovered inside the house by a witness. Police attended and set up a perimeter in the area in order to contain the suspect, and Police Service Dog Halla and her handler from West Shore RCMP came to assist.
After a track, PSD Halla and police located a male who matched photos of the suspect. He was arrested and later released pending an upcoming court appearance. His name will not be released at this time for privacy reasons.
Sgt. Colin Douglas from the North Cowichan Duncan RCMP detachment recommends that people with seasonal or secondary properties take steps to prevent break and enters or thefts from their properties.
The property owners in this situation ensured that trusted neighbours kept an eye on their home, and hired someone to check up on it while they were away, says Sgt. Douglas.
These steps helped police to quickly locate and arrest a suspect, and prevented further damage or property loss.
Other things that property owners can take to secure seasonal or secondary homes include:
- keeping valuables out of view. This goes for items both inside (electronics, alcohol) and outside (ATVs, boats, bicycles);
- aiming motion sensor lights at pathways and doors outside, and putting lights or radios inside on timers;
- installing trail cams around the property;
- ensuring doors, windows, and gates are locked. Pay attention in particular to sliding doors to ensure they are secure, and consider installing blocks that will only allow windows to partially open.
Cst. Carlie McCannMedia Relations Officer
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP
6060 Canada Ave., Duncan, BC V9L 1V3
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