Waterloo Regional Police released the following statement yesterday.
Waterloo Region, Ontario – Waterloo Regional Police are investigating numerous break and enters to student housing buildings in Waterloo that occurred sometime overnight on August 20, 2017.
Five student-occupied buildings in the area of Hickory Street, King Street North and Spruce Street were targeted, with more than 30 units entered. Electronic items, including laptops, phones and video game stations, were stolen. All of the rooms entered were left unlocked.
Waterloo Regional Police want to remind students and residents to lock their doors and windows. They are also urged to be vigilant of their surroundings and report any suspicious people, vehicles or activity in the area. Other safety tips to help prevent break and enters include:
• Keep valuables such as laptops and other expensive electronics out of sight.
• Don’t leave boxes of expensive items outside your residence. This will let burglars know you have new items inside.
• Use a light timer to help your residence look occupied when you aren’t there.
• Keep lists of the make, model and serial numbers of your electronic items or other valuables to help police locate them if they are stolen. Take photographs of jewelry and other valuables.
• Don’t let anyone into a secured building that you don’t know.
Anyone with information on these break-ins is asked to call police at 519-653-7700 ext. 8422 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.