Oliver residents who want to avoid being a victim of break-ins can learn a lot from Michael, a professional thief who told the RCMP all about his exploits recently.
Step inside the mind of a break-in artist who openly admitted to breaking into at least 34 homes and businesses in Nanaimo from October 2011 to May 2012. The 45 year old is currently incarcerated and is seeking help for his addiction to crack cocaine.
Over the past 25 years Michael has been convicted of 27 criminal offences and has spent upwards of 10 years in jail. His crimes ranged from theft, break and enter, possession of drugs, stolen property and assault.
During Michael’s recent crime spree he would travel by either bike or bus. He would take a few days to choose an area and then select a target to break into. He preferred daytime break and enters and only took small items he could easily carry and conceal. These items included laptops, digital cameras, small electronics, jewelry, alcohol and cash. Normally within one hour, the majority of the items would be exchanged for either cash or drugs.
Before breaking in, Michael would always check to see if there were unlocked windows or doors, and if not, he would simply kick in a door or force or pry open a window. He was in and out in minutes.
Michael would also go to certain areas days before breaking in just to watch and learn. He would look at entrances to businesses. He would monitor when homeowners left for the day and when they returned. He would also look for areas that he could not be seen and would afford him time to break in.
Oliver has its share of unconscionable individuals who think nothing of breaking into your home and stealing your valuables. Making an honest living is foreign to them; they would rather pilfer your laptop than put on a tie and go to work like the rest of us.
The only thing we can do is not make is easy for people like Michael. If you can’t afford a security system, all you can do is batten down the hatches. We don’t recommend bear traps under windows; you’ll be charged if a poor thief gets hurt.
Many residents leave their front door unlocked when they are working in the backyard, making it easy for anyone to walk in and steal something.
Stop being a victim and put these criminals out of business.
To learn more about home security and other crime prevention tips, visit the website www.bc.rcmp.ca