Break and Enter | VictimsInfo
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Break and Enter is a criminal offence in which someone enters a residence, business or other property without permission, and commits or intends to commit a crime, typically theft. Break and enter is one of the most common property offences in Canada.
What to do next?
If your home has just been broken into and the is still there or nearby, call 911 from a safe place.
If you want to report the B&E to the police and the situation is not urgent (e.g., the perpetrator is not around, you are not in danger), call the non-emergency number for police in your community.
Tell someone you trust what happened. Let your neighbours know what happened. If a neighbour, friend, or family member can provide emotional support or help you in practical ways, ask for help.
If you have insurance that may cover stolen or damaged items, contact your insurance company immediately.
Make a list of what was stolen or damaged, including any identification numbers or photos if you have them.
When police will be attending, try not to touch or disturb anything in your home, and do not discard anything. Ask for the police file number so you can provide this to your insurance company.
If you have questions about a break and enter, don’t hesitate to ask a victim service worker.
Phone: toll free 1-800-563-0808. 24 hours every day
TTY (Teletypewriter): through Information Services Vancouver TTY service at (604) 875-0885 (collect calls accepted)
Block Watch Society of British Columbia
The Block Watch Society of BC provides information on setting up and maintaining community “block watch” programs for preventing crime and increasing safety in neighbourhoods.
British Columbia Crime Prevention Association
The BC Crime Prevention Association is an integrated team of citizens and police that provide education and awareness about crime prevention.
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