The New Westminster Police Service is warning residents of an increase in the number of residential break-and-enters in various areas throughout the city in the past week. The break-and-enters, which have occurred primarily in the daytime hours, are being investigated.
"One of the methods used by the suspects is to attend residential neighbourhoods and knock on doors to determine if anyone is at home," Sgt. Diana McDaniel of the New Westminster Police Service said in a press release.
"If residents are at home, the suspect will provide an excuse like he is looking for a rental suite in the area."
McDaniel added that officers are conducting extra patrols throughout various areas of the city, along with increased vigilance from Citizens Crime Watch Patrol and bike squad volunteers.