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New home construction sites a target for thieves, Halifax, N.S.

Spring has arrived and new home construction in and around the city is once again a target for thieves.

In recent weeks, there has been an increase in the number of calls to RCMP regarding thefts from these sites in the areas of Kingswood North, Perry Pond, Brunello Estates and Patton Road.

Other areas around HRM have been impacted by thefts as well.

RCMP are reminding citizens to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and are requesting the public’s help to address these crimes and identify potential suspects. Some common things to look for include:

– Suspicious people and vehicles who may be around at odd times.
– Large box style tricks pulling up after normal business hours could be considered suspicious.

– Thieves often steal fixtures, construction material, or tools. These may be later sold online.

– Brand new appliances sold online or through other means, without proof of purchase or warranty

Those building new homes may wish to have a cime prevention meeting with the developer or home builder. If there is an ongoing issue then evening or night security at the site may be considered.

By reporting thefts and suspicious activity, RCMP can use this data to analyze trends and allocate resources like additional patrols. Halifax RCMP regularly conduct traffic stops and checkpoints in areas that have been identified as being prone to break-in’s.

If you observe suspicious activity, please call Halifax RCMP at 244-7208 or if urgent call 911.

Anyone with information can also contact the RCMP, Halifax Regional Police or Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip – Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Source: Release

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