Police respond to break-ins

Several businesses had either been broken into or attempts had been made to do so

Police respond to break-ins

In the late evening of Sunday, July 31, Summerland RCMP began receiving complaints of an alarm at local business.

Several businesses had either been broken into or attempts had been made to do so.

By the following morning, a total of 10 businesses had been damaged by thieves. Several of the businesses had items stolen.

“Most the of the cost of the break and enter is in repairing the damage done to get in,” said Sgt. Terry Faulkner of the Summerland RCMP.

“For the most part, business owners were careful to ensure no cash or other portable valuables were available to be taken.”

Police also responded to two vehicle thefts and one attempted vehicle theft. All are believed to be related.

“It is uncommon to see so many similar thefts at one time so we firmly believe this was the work of one person or group,” Faulkner said.

Police are continuing their investigation. They urge business owners to use robust locking systems, video security and an alarm system.

Owners of older vehicles are urged to upgrade to an anti theft device. Newer car owners should ensure they have control of their keys at all times.