The Kenora Ontario Provincial Police is still concerned with the uptick in thefts and break and enters occurring within the community.

OPP Provincial Constable, Jason Canfield says from October to December 2021 72 thefts were reported to OPP, and from January to March 31, 2022, only 85 thefts were reported.

“In the past six months there has definitely been an increase, said Canfield. “We have had certain people I’ve been watching and there have been some arrests and charges laid with a few of them.”

The Kenora OPP is using the many CCTV cameras around the city to identify patterns and people responsible to try and prevent thefts from happening or knowing which places to increase police presence.

To prevent further break-ins, Canfield mentioned making sure items are out of sight out of mind.

“Whether you have something in your yard or even sitting on the seat of your vehicle if it looks like something that someone else wants and is not locked up properly it could be taken.”

Though thefts have seen a slight increase Canfield noted he has seen a decrease in residents reporting vehicle break-ins compared to last month. He hopes that residents continue reporting suspicious activity or suspicious people within their neighbourhood.

“If you see someone looking through a vehicle or walking through someone’s yard that definitely would justify calling 9-1-1 to get through to us quickly so we can get there and identify the person while there may be doing something.”

Canfield wants to ask the public if they have any information on non-emergent activities to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.