Windows – A Clearer View To Home Safety

by PC 1225 DAVID KRENZ, BLOCK WATCH INVESTIGATIONS & TRAINING OFFICER

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Greetings Block Watch members,

For the last several years I have asked you to consider strengthening all of your exterior doors, door frames, locks and other door hardware.  The following e-mail from one of our Block Watch members serves to remind us that our doors are only one part of the home safety equation. 

Simple plate glass windows can also put a family at risk from a property crime thief.  Plate glass is easily smashed so the suspect can reach through and unlock a nearby door or window. 

Where appropriate, barring your windows (in combination with a smoke/fire detector) will afford the greatest degree of safety even against a glass cutter or the removal of the window frame.

Good window locking mechanisms are also highly recommended. 

Another method of strengthening your windows is to replace plate glass with laminate glass.  Laminate glass is layers of glass and plastic pressed together.  It is very difficult and noisy for a property crime thief to break through and they are reluctant to make noise that will draw the attention of someone in the house, a neighbour or a passerby.

Take a moment and watch this You Tube video  where a man is demonstrating the effort and noise it takes to break through a laminate glass window.  I am not recommending any brand, type or company; so do your research and find out which laminate glass product is suitable for your home or office.

Block Watch strongly endorses the use of laminate glass for residential and business locations.

Please read the following e-mail from an Arbutus Ridge Block Watch member.

Cst. 1225 Dave Krenz

Block Watch Investigations and Training Officer

Dave.krenz@vpd.ca

 

Sent: Saturday, June 8, 2013 6:44:53 PM
Subject: BREAK INS in our Neighbourhood

Dear Friends and Neighbours:

I have just been alerted to a number of Break Ins that have happened recently in our neighbourhood and am using the KARA list to alert people. Apologies to any who are outside the immediate neighbourhood of 13th to 16th Avenues.

I received the following message giving details:

“On Mon Jun 3, at 1 PM, a neighbour in the 2100 West 15th block heard the doorbell ring a couple of times.  They were busy and unable to get to the door.  The next moment, they heard a horrible smashing sound!  Racing to check the source of the sound, they SCREAMED.  Whoever it was, was gone by the time they reached the front door. [It appears the thief smashed the glass beside the door, reached through and unlocked it.]

The police came, forensics checked for fingerprints, but clearly this culprit was wearing gloves and there was no identifiable evidence.

This was a brazen act of thievery, mid-day, and could easily have gone sour.

Further, upon discussion with another neighbour who lives in the 2100 block West 14th—I’ve found out that they’ve had their garage broken into not once, but several times.  Most recently was Monday night, June 1st as well. Probably after 1 am or later.  This garage backs into the laneway between 14th/15th Ave.

It’s  very clear to me that we have thieves scoping our area.  And I’m certain that extra sets of eyes will truly help us maintain the safety of our neighbourhood.  If you see something suspicious, please call the police!

Meantime, I suggest we lock our doors when we’re home and keep our garage doors locked at all times.  And if you have alarms, PLEASE use them!

Please tell your neighbours.  Please be careful.”

That is the gist of what I know. Also, our immediate neighbour at 2100 West 15th Avenue had her car broken into on June 3.

Hope this message helps.

 

Mike

I am requesting that all recipients to this e-mail SERIOUSLY consider installing Grade 2 dead bolts and heavy duty strike plates to PREVENT ANY INTRUDER from shouldering or kicking in the front, back and side doors.  In addition, consider installing laminate glass where you have the cheaper single paned glass along your ground floor.  It is far more difficult to break! 

Please note, the suspect rang the doorbell several times to determine if someone was home before they forced their entry.  Do not ignore these door bells or knocking.  Look through the peep hole or open a window to see who is there.  Do not be so quick to open a door if you are not expecting a caller.

Let’s keep these suspects on the OUTSIDE and never give them a chance to get in our homes.

VANCOUVER POLICE BLOCK WATCH

PC 1225 DAVID KRENZ, INVESTIGATIONS & TRAINING OFFICER
LEAH MARLAY, COORDINATOR
VANCOUVER POLICE DEPARTMENT | BEYOND THE CALL
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