At last count, there were 16 garage break-ins overnight. Police have been knocking on all doors to inform residents and see how many have been affected so you may have already been contacted. If you haven’t and you have had items stolen, please be sure to notify police.
I was updated by police that the Winners/Northern Dancer and Winners/Sarah Ashbridges laneways were both affected but other laneways may have been targeted as well. Thieves apparently accessed backyards and then went from backyard to backyard consecutively using chairs in backyards or the like to hop fences efficiently. They entered any garages for which the person doors were left unlocked. They also proceeded down the laneways and broke into garages by breaking garage door windows and pulling garage cords to open the garage. My understanding is that bikes were the main target but I’ve been updated that thieves also broke into car windows to take valuables.
This is on top of another bike theft reported on Sunday am detailed below.
*Please remember to always close and lock your garage doors even if you are at home.*
*Please remove the garage door string opening mechanism or move it away from the garage door window so that it can’t be reached and used as a means to open your garage.*
*Please remember to report all crime to police – police will increase patrols in communities where there is crime reported and if we don’t report it, they won’t know about it.*
Please stay safe!
Keep doors locked. Report ALL incidents to Police (416) 808-2222. Remember, graffiti is also a crime – report it!
Report from Winner’s West Side (Sunday July 7) – Bike Theft
Can you spread the word to keep your garage closed during the day especially when there is a festival going and so many people are walking through our laneway. We are having work done this weekend and the work truck was in out garage - someone must have seen our bikes hanging up and planned for the grab the next day.
This morning at 9:30 someone walked right between our home went through the garage passage door took our 2 bikes and out the garage door into our laneway. So quick we didn't have a chance to catch them.