Thieves target Coquitlam construction sites

Construction corridor along North Road among Coquitlam RCMP's latest crime hot spots

Thieves are getting through fences and stealing tools in construction sites along Coquitlam’s western border, prompting Coquitlam RCMP to add construction sites to its list of hots spots in its latest CompStat alert.

For the week of Sept. 13 to 26, Mounties have identified criminal activity taking place in the area of North Road in the west to Hailey Street in the east, and from Chapman Avenue in the north to Smith Avenue in the south.

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“Most construction sites are aware you have to be careful of things of value,” said Cpl. Michael McLaughlin, RCMP spokesperson, but he said in recent days, thieves stole a ladder from a construction site and broke into a storage facility.

Police have been reminding builders to be extra careful as thieves are looking for opportunities to pick up light, but expensive, tools to sell for a quick buck.

“That’s pretty common, given our building boom,” McLaughlin said.

To protect their equipment, construction companies are encouraged to lock up their materials and, in some cases, McLaughlin said, companies are being proactive by hiring security guards to look after the property.

In addition to break-ins to construction sites, RCMP have noted a criminal activity in residential areas as well, with break-ins, theft of autos and theft from break-ins among the concerns.

A list of tips to protect property is provided on the Mounties website:

Another crime hotspot has been identified in southwest Coquitlam. Police have said thieves have been active in the area of Lougheed Highway in the west to Blue Mountain Street in the east, and from Rochester Avenue in the north to Quadling Avenue in the south.

Issues have included break-in to residences, break-ins to businesses, theft of autos and theft from vehicles.

More information is available here

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