January 27, 2014
Police hunt for new home vandals and thieves
Calgary home builders are working with the Calgary Police Service to reduce the number of incidents of break and enter, vandalism and thefts from new homes.
“Acts of vandalism, theft and break and enter are criminal acts that will be investigated and charges will be pursued,” said Const. Sarah Killington, Calgary District 8 community resource officer. “Anyone who sees suspicious activity in their neighbourhood around houses under construction is asked to contact the police or Crime Stoppers.”
There were 239 newly built residential homes broken into by vandals just prior to homeowner possession in 2013.
The resulting damages are not only costly to builders, but have a resounding impact on new homeowners whose possession dates must be pushed back to allow repairs to be made, often leaving them homeless.
Beyond the theft of tools and appliances, vandals have gone to the extent of stuffing drains and turning all the taps on in a residence, leaving them to flood newly installed flooring and soaking drywall.
In response, the police are asking the public to watch for suspicious vehicles and people, who may be about at odd times.
Most contractors are prohibited from working between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Large box-style trucks pulling up after normal working hours should be considered suspicious.
The public should also know that brand new appliances sold online or through other means, without proof of purchase or warranty, may be the product of a theft.
Workers should be able to provide proof of employment, such as a business card, if requested.
Anyone with information about any incidents of new home vandalism is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously.
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