Break and Enter

Break and Enter is the offence committed when any person unlawfully enters any place with the intent of committing a criminal offence therein.

There is no set time that a break-in is more likely to occur. There are suspects who only commit break-ins at night, while others operate during the day.

Break-in suspects do not normally want to be seen or detected. They will usually break into a home that appears to be unoccupied.

For information about Robberies, commonly mistaken forMan approaching a dark house break and enters, please refer to the Robbery page.

If you are going away for any length of time, ensure you have a trusted person looking after your home to give appearance of occupancy.

Here are some tips to make your home appear occupied:

  • Don't post on social media that you are going away. Also, avoid posting those amazing vacation photos until you have returned home.

  • Have someone shovel the driveway and collect the mail
  • Take out the garbage
  • Set some lights on timers (set the timer to random, if possible)
  • If you've purchased valuables items like electronics, cut up the boxes so as not to advertise that you have these expensive items. This is especially something to keep in mind around the holiday season.

Avoid Break & Enters into sheds and garages

It takes moments to enter a garage or shed and make off with commonly stored items within, such as powered yard equipment and bikes. 

Residents are reminded that the best deterrent to avoid this situation is to ensure your sheds and garages are properly secured. Garage doors should be left closed when left unattended for a period of time. An insecure garage door can also facilitate entry to the residence. 

In the event of a break & enter, investigators are greatly assisted when important information about property is properly recorded. Police will ask about the availability of make, model & serial numbers of stolen property, and/or unique identifiers where relevant. 

Additionally, photographs of unique items or items again with unique identifiers, such as higher end bikes, assists investigators and increases the potential of the successful recovery of the stolen property. With the advent of social media, images of unique stolen property can also be quickly disseminated by the police to a significant number of people in the community. 

For more, visit the Frequently Asked Questions on Break and Enter Unit page.