Ottawa Crime has declined as far as break ins with weapons are concerned. In 2010 there were over 28,000 reported property crimes in Ottawa. That figure dropped slightly in 2011 and 2012, but that does not mean that you can leave your doors and windows unlocked during the day or night.
In October of 2012 there were a number of break and enters in the residential areas in the south end of Ottawa. Apparently, suspects are targeting the area just south of the General Hospital. Suspects have been focusing on homes that are under renovation, or properties that are using contracted renovation companies. Garages and sheds are being broken into during the night with equipment and large tools stolen. Because the items are so large, it is believed that the suspects would require a large commercial vehicle to remove them from the garages and sheds. Police believe that the properties are being cased during the day by the suspects.
The Ottawa Break and Enter Unit of the Police Service have been investigating a rash of daytime burglaries in the Elmvale area. Occurring at the end of September to the middle of October in 2012, small electronics, jewelry, and cash were taken from several homes in Elmvale.
In September of 2012, the police service in Ottawa was investigating five break and enters that occurred on one night. Private homes in the Hintonburg area were robbed between the hours of 1:00 AM and 6:00 AM. Police say there was no forced entry. The burglar who fled the scene on foot awakened residents of one property. Ottawa police are urging residents to secure their homes and vehicles during the day and night and are recommending home alarm systems.
The Ottawa Police department charged a man and a woman in connection with two commercial robberies that occurred in August of 2012. The robberies occurred on Jolliet Avenue and Richmond Road in Ottawa.
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