Alert homeowner prevents likely break and enter
2017-04-12 10:18 PDT
File # 2017-10206
The actions of an alert homeowner who is part of an active Block Watch may have prevented a break and enter to his home and possibly other incidents in his neighbourhood.
Jason Grant was returning to his Brookfield Drive home on Friday April 7th around 1 pm when he saw a male at the side of his house.
I initially thought he might be a door to door salesperson or dropping off fliers, said Grant when asked about the incident
. GRANT casually asked the male what he was doing and was told,
I thought Ryan lived here. GRANT assured him there was no Ryan there and watched as the male began walking away. GRANT immediately called the Nanaimo RCMP who responded within minutes and located the suspect individual.
It turns out the suspect, who is well known to Nanaimo RCMP and to police throughout the Lower Mainland, was on probation for various Break and Enters. Officers did not have sufficient grounds to arrest him but did ensure he left the area and the incident was recorded.
GRANT is a part of the recently formed Brookfield Drive Block Watch and knows that reporting suspicious activity is the key to preventing crime. GRANT wasn’t aggressive and simply engaged the male in conversation. When the responses didn't add up, he knew he had to call the police.
In Nanaimo there are currently over 60 Block Watches with 5200 citizens participating in this effective crime prevention program. Some Block watches have formed after their neighbourhood was hit with a spat of break and enters or thefts; others have not experienced any crime and want to keep it that way.
The police cannot be on every street corner and in your neighbourhood 24/7. We need community members to be vigilant and look out for one another. By doing so, it empowers home owners and lets them know their homes; families and property are being looked after, said Constable Gary O'Brien, Block Watch Co-ordinator for the Nanaimo RCMP.
To learn more about Block Watch, contact the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Section at 250-755-3257 or visit www.blockwatch.com
Cst. Gary O'BrienMedia Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2N3
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