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Suspects using stolen keys in New West break and enters

New West police warn building managers and residents of break-ins: “Criminals are attracted to multi-family buildings”
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B&E warning: New West police are warning managers and residents of multifamily dwellings to keep their keys secure after a series of recent break and enters. photo Thinkstock

New West police are warning building managers and occupants of multi-family buildings to keep their keys secure after a series of recent break and enters.

Investigators with the New Westminster Police Department have learned that suspects used stolen keys in three recent break and enters. Once inside the buildings, police say the suspects stole property from vehicles, electronics, and additional sets of keys.

“Criminals are attracted to multi-family buildings because they’re a one-stop shop for bicycles, cars, parcels and locker rooms,” said NWPD spokesperson Sgt. Andrew Leaver in a news release. “When these keys go missing, it puts property at risk, and that’s frustrating for residents.”

According to the NWPD press release, the investigation into the break and enters is ongoing. The department’s Forensic Identification Unit has assisted frontline patrol officers in searching for evidence.

“Property representatives have taken measures to change locks and minimize the risks of this occurring again,” said the news release.

The New Westminster Police Department is asking anyone who has information about the theft of master keys or key rings to contact the NWPD at 604-525-5411.

“To prevent keys from being stolen, police recommend keeping master keys in a secure location,” said the news release. “Additionally, building management can consider implementing a key-tracking system or upgrading to key card systems.”

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