Toronto Police have issued a public safety alert after receiving several calls for break-and-enters in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue West area.
Investigators say a man has been following people entering various buildings in the area and once he gains access through the held-open doors, he enters individual apartments and leaves with a number of valuables.
The man is described as having a dark-black complexion, 6’-6’3”, with a muscular build.
Images of the man have been posted from security cameras within the buildings.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-3100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS(8477), or online at www.222tips.com.
The following are some apartment building safety tips from Toronto Police.
Apartment building security
We all have the potential to be victims of crime. Each of us can REDUCE THE RISK of our homes/property being victimized by eliminating the opportunity.
- Unknown or suspicious persons trying to get in to the building should be referred to the Management, Security or the Superintendent
- DO NOT allow strangers to enter the building as you are leaving or entering. Cooperate with all other tenants in keeping the main outer doors locked at all times
- DO NOT buzz anyone into the building whom you don't know
- Use only your first initial on the lobby directory, doorbell, mailbox, and phone directory
- Doors should be mounted so hinge-bolts are not facing outwards
- Install one-inch deadbolt locks on all exterior doors
- Chain locks are poor security - install a wide angle viewer instead and NEVER open your door to a stranger
- NEVER leave your door unlocked, even while taking out the trash
- DO NOT leave notes on your apartment door or on the lobby directory
- If keys are lost or if you move, locks should be changed
- If you see a stranger carrying items out of a neighbours apartment, ***CALL 911***
- Look to see who's in the elevator before entering
- DO NOT enter the elevator if you do not feel comfortable - wait for the next one
- When in the elevator - stand beside the control panel
- If a suspicious person enters the elevator, exit before the doors close.
- Keep a record of your valuables
- Identify your property by engraving an identifying mark - proper identification makes it easier for the police to return personal property
- When engraving, hold the engraver straight up NOT on a slant
- The identification should be readily visible without marring the appearance of the item
- Be a good neighbour and report any suspicious activity to the Police
If a crime has occurred
- DO NOT enter - the criminal may still be inside
- Use a neighbour's phone and call the police
- DO NOT touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence
- Note the licence number of any suspicious vehicle
- Note the description of any suspicious person(s)
Crime prevention is everyone's responsibility!