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As the hot – and smoky – weather continues in Greater Victoria, the Saanich Police are reminding the public about how opportunistic thieves can be.

“We’d like to remind the public that although it may be tempting to leave windows open when they leave their house, or overnight while they’re asleep, many thieves will seize this opportunity,” Saanich Police said in a statement. “They’ll use the open window as an easy entry point to break into your home and steal your belongings.”

Even if first floor doors and windows are locked, second-floor windows can be accessed with yard items. These include obvious things such as ladders and patio furniture, but also BBQ’s, plastic sheds or playhouses.

To better safeguard against a break in or theft Saanich Police ask homeowners to remember the following:

• Ensure you close and lock windows when you’re not in the room
• Hide valuables out of plain view
• Lock up your shed to prevent thieves from using ladders or tools

Saanich Police also offer a free Block Watch Program. 

Block Watch requires less than an hour a month of participation. It’s a great way to communicate and connect with other people in your neighbourhood. More information about Block Watch can be located on the Saanich Police Department website.