Break and Enters 

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers are urging residents to report any suspicious activity following two day-time break and enters in Bradford.

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, around 3:00 p.m., police were called to a home in the Langford Boulevard and Holland Street West area for a residential break and enter. The break in occurred sometime between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The suspect or suspects stole cash and jewelry. While this occurrence was being investigated, police were called to another home nearby for a break and enter. This entry also occurred on Tuesday sometime between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The suspect or suspects took mainly cash and jewelry.

Anyone with information that can help police with these investigations is asked to contact Det. Const. Andrew Bowen at 905-775-3311, 705-436-2141 extension 1036, email or contact Crime Stoppers.

Crime prevention is the best way to protect yourself. Here are some home security tips:

Door Security

Install a good deadbolt lock

Chain locks are an inadequate security measure. Instead install a wide angle peep-hole so you do not have to open the door to see the person. If you have children consider including a second peep-hole at a child’s height

All hinges should be accessible from the interior of the home only

Ensure your door is equipped with non-removable hinge pins

Most doors are installed with screws less than 1″ in length. This results in a door that appears secure but is relatively weak and prone to being kicked in. Door kick break-ins are common, so door screws should be at least 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches long

Window Security

Sliding doors and windows can be “lifted” out of the tracks with relative ease. Installing screws or a blocking device above the sliding door or window will help to prevent it from being lifted off the tracks

Install a snug piece of wood in the track of sliding patio doors

Install a pin into the frame of a sliding window to prevent it from being pushed open

Glass within 40 inches of a door lock can be broken and a criminal can reach inside to unlock the door. The security of windows can be improved by adding a polycarbonate panel. Call South Simcoe Police Service or glass specialist for details

If A Crime Has Occurred

DO NOT enter your home – the criminal may still be inside

Use a neighbour’s phone to call the police

TRY NOT to touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence

Note the licence plate and descriptors of any suspicious vehicle(s) or person(s) and the direction of travel, if known

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 69 calls for service.