Hamilton police warn students after Westdale break-ins
C/O Hamilton Police Service
Lock your doors!
Hamilton Police Service are investigating a string of break & enters that took place in the Westdale area in February. Police believe that student houses are being targeted.
On Feb. 8, a student posted a warning to Reddit’s r/Mcmaster regarding a recent break-in near Broadway Ave., between Sussex and Main West.
According to a HPS press release, the suspect entered the house and fled the area after being discovered by the resident. The suspect is described as male, medium build, black hooded jacket, black shoes and carrying a backpack.
The video can be seen on the HPS website.
The release comes amid reports of a series of 5 recent break-ins during early February.
The Silhouette contacted HPS for comment related to the Feb. 8 incident. As of Feb. 11, it is not clear to police whether the five incidents are related and the suspect is not known to police.
The police released a graphic that provides advice for students living in the area.
In an email, Staff Sergeant Catherine Lockley reminded students to lock their doors and windows and to secure sliding doors with a rod or a pole. Lockley also encouraged students to call police to report suspected break & enter activity even if it does not appear that entry was gained, or anything is missing.
Police urge students to contact police to report a crime in progress or a recent event by calling 911. Students with information should contact Detective Ross Johnson at 905-546-3818.