Just a quick reminder for your community members when they keep their vehicles in garages that it is just as important to keep their vehicles locked and the keys secure in the residence and not leave the keys in the garage.
We have seen in the past few days where garages have been entered via the overhead/man door and vehicles stolen where the keys have been either left in the vehicle or on the side of the garage.
Furthermore, this information is to help assist the members of our community during these extremely challenging times. The following are a few of the trends unfolding in the City of Calgary that will inevitably impact community members in our area as the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to unfold.
Things to watch for:
- Closures of public venues such as malls, public libraries and recreation centres could result in the vulnerable segment of our cities population being displaced. With decreased vehicle and pedestrian traffic on the streets, the vulnerable sector who may have traditionally relied on panhandling may resort to criminal activity as a means of income. The vulnerable sector may also be looking for alternative locations to sleep/stay warm which could result in this vulnerable segment of our population using force to enter premises looking for a place to spend the night.
- Continued targeting of closed restaurants and pubs for cash and/or alcohol.
- Continued thefts from liquor stores which could progressively shift to Break & Enter (smash and grab) and robbery events as people become more desperate.