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Parkade B&E series impacting condo residents in and around city

For Immediate Release:30-Nov-2017 @ 2:36 PM
MRU #:17R141

The Edmonton Police Service is warning residents of condominiums throughout Edmonton and surrounding communities to remain vigilant, on the heels of a recent parkade B&E series.

Since mid-October, EPS hand the RCMP have been busy investigating multiple reports of parkade B&Es across the city and surrounding communities including Sherwood Park, Beaumont, Leduc and St. Albert.

Investigators are releasing images of three suspects today, two male and one female, believed responsible for numerous break and enters (see below).

The suspects use a variety of means to access parkades, including tools to pry or smash the garage doors open. Once inside, the thieves are targeting vehicles left unlocked, some with valuables inside and storage lockers with their contents. In some cases, the suspects are driving away with residents’ vehicles.

 

Anyone with any information about these parkade B&E suspects is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

 

Parkade Safety

There are two types of parkades:

1) Parkades open to the public. Examples include: hospitals, Commonwealth Stadium, Milner Library or Edmonton Centre. These have pedestrian access.

2) Parkades in apartment buildings and condominiums. These have controlled access.

Here are some tips to keep you and your vehicle safe when parking in a parkade:

  • When entering or exiting an apartment or condominium parkade, always wait for the door to close. Watch for anyone sneaking in and call police if necessary.

  • Regardless of where you park your vehicle, do not leave anything in view.

  • Always lock your vehicle to discourage persons from entering and searching your glove box.

  • Carry your registration and insurance with you. Do not leave it in the car. This will protect you against identity theft. 

  • Do not leave a garage door opener in your vehicle. This is quite common in Edmonton, as a thief may use it to break into your house while you are away.

  • Theft of vehicle license plates is common. The Edmonton Police Service offers free anti-theft bolts to secure license plates. These are available at any police station.

  • Never leave a spare key in your vehicle.

  • Consider using a "club" to secure the steering wheel if you have an older vehicle without adequate anti-theft features. You can purchase one from an AMA near you (you don't have to be member).

  • Consider your personal safety. Parkades are often dark and deserted. Know what to do if something happens. The best defense against an attack is awareness and action. If faced with an uncomfortable or dangerous situation, leave the parkade and seek assistance. 

     

  

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Please contact Scott Pattison at (780) 421-3553 for more information.

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