Spike in home break-ins in Scarborough leads police to issue publice safety alert

Police in 42 Division are asking people who live in their jurisdiction to be more vigilant after residential break-ins rise 43 per cent in the first two months of 2017.

Police say the majority of these break-ins have occurred during daytime hours.

The suspects have been targeting homes, "where the fronts of the residences are either concealed or obstructed by overgrown bushes, hedges, trees or glass enclosure vestibules." the release states.

Police say the suspects have been acting as door-to-door solicitors or canvassing in an attempt to avoid suspicion or detection.

"The Toronto Police Service, 42 Division, would like the assistance of the public in reporting suspicious person(s) and behaviour in their neighbourhoods.  One of the most effective tools the police have for fighting and preventing crime is you. the people of our community. You know who lives and works in your area and who doesn't appear to belong or is acting suspicious."

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook tells Newstalk 1010 this can happen anywhere in the city.  "Police are asking residents to be aware of their surroundings and their neighbour's surrounding."

She says "trust that gut feeling" if you think someone is somewhere they shouldn't be and don't hesitate to call police.