Communities in a ring around the downtown have seen a surge in residential break-ins this year, while many of Calgary’s suburbs have seen a sharp decline, according to police data.
Across the entire city, police recorded 2,863 residential break-and-enter incidents between January and August, which makes 2019 a pretty typical year, overall. That’s just slightly lower than average, when compared with the same period over the previous five years.
But thieves have been targeting some areas much more often than others, and inner-city neighbourhoods, in particular, have been a hot spot.
One of the hardest-hit communities has been Mount Pleasant, where residents have now banded together to combat the rash of break-ins.
“We started off by putting up motion-activated lights and then it got to security cameras, because it kept happening, and it kind of seemed like the same ordeal over and over,” said area resident Jarret Torris.
“In a couple instances, we actually caught them on camera.”
Torris said pairs of thieves had a system where one would walk through the front gate of a house and try to enter the garage from the man door on the side, while the other waited in the back alley in a vehicle. When the first thief managed to get into a garage, they would then open up the garage door and the other thief would drive up. Together, they would “grab whatever they could” and drive away.
All told, police have recorded 48 break-ins or attempted break-ins so far this year at the…