Waterloo Regional Police are telling students to be more vigilant after thieves swiped several items from student housing units last month.
Police said they are investigating a string of break and enters in Waterloo that occurred overnight on August 20, 2017.
Five student buildings in the area of Hickory Street, King Street North and Spruce Street were targeted. Over 30 units were broken into and electronic items, including laptops, phones and videogame consoles, were stolen.
Police noted that all of the rooms that were broken into were left unlocked.
Investigators are looking to speak with the suspects involved and have released photographs.
Officers are also reminding students and residents to lock their doors and windows.
They’re also asking them to be vigilant and report suspicious people, vehicles or activity in the area.
Police also released a series of safety tips:
- Keep valuables such as laptops and other expensive electronics out of sight.
- Don’t leave boxes of expensive items outside your residence. This will let burglars know you have new items inside.
- Use a light timer to help your residence look occupied when you aren’t there.
- Keep lists of the make, model and serial numbers of your electronic items or other valuables to help police locate them if they are stolen. Take photographs of jewellery and other valuables.
- Don’t let anyone into a secured building that you don’t know.
Anyone with information on these break-ins is asked to call police at 519-653-7700 ext. 8422 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.