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Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

Posted at 2:09pm

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No footprints or tire tracks in the driveway (Photo by LaSalle Police, taken several weeks ago)

Going out of town for the holidays?

Police are putting out a warning to homeowners who could very easily be the victims of break and enters when it snows.

After a spike in residential B&E’s in the weeks before Christmas last year, LaSalle Police say they figured out just what types of homes criminals were targetting.

“A group of individuals were identified, located, and subsequently charged with numerous B&E’s in the LaSalle/Windsor area last year,” says Constable Jamie Nestor. “In speaking with them post arrest, we learned…they would drive through neighbourhoods a couple days after a snowfall and look for an absence of traffic to and from a residence (ie. foot prints, tire tracks).”

Nestor says crooks would then knock on the door. No answer? Break in.

“It’s that simple,” says Nestor.

“If you’re going out of town, tell a family member, friend, or trusted neighbour to do one small favour for you. Have them drive up and down your driveway a few times after a snowfall and perhaps walk up to the front door to check for mail or papers. A couple of minutes can prevent a lot of misery.”

No footprints or tire tracks in the driveway (Photo by LaSalle Police, taken several weeks ago)

Mail, newspaper and no signs of anyone picking them up (Photo by LaSalle Police, taken several weeks ago)

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