Opinion: End Clayton crime spree, readers urge

Readers are commenting and commiserating in reaction to our story, 'Raising the alarm in Clayton Heights.'

Our online readers are sharing their brushes with crime in the Clayton Heights neighbourhood in reaction to last week’s cover story, “Raising the alarm in Clayton Heights.”

The Surrey RCMP’s Cloverdale/Port Kells district office issued a community alert warning residents about the break and enters, particularly those where thieves are not having to force their way in.

Residents are being reminded to close their garage doors and keep them locked, among other precautions, in an attempt to thwart thieves.

Meanwhile, area residents are commenting – and commiserating – online at CloverdaleReporter.com:

“Happened to me,” said Mike Desmet.

“[The] Door has been mysteriously opened four times in the past month,” wrote Marianne Grey. “The last time on Monday, when a neighbour told us of it. After being robbed in January and told we probably left the garage open, I doubt it. The garage is permanently locked now and I am calling in about the frenzied type movers in the alley.”

“Be aware,” added Desiree Boehm-Cairns. “I reported one guy sitting out front of our garage who actually did open ours up while sitting in visitors’ parking. Glad I have a large dog.”

“I always try to keep the basement entrance from the garage locked, too,” added Mandy Bradford-Pede.

Another said he lost a pair of shoes left outside his front because they were dirty. “Cops have been to three places that I see from my window due to thieves and my neighbours cars smashed!! It’s crazy,” added James Mae.

“One of those burglaries [was] my neighbor across the street!” said Kevin Lahay.

For more information, visit the Surrey RCMP’s website, surrey.rcmp.ca, or visit the office at 5732 176A Street. And remember to report any suspicious activity or people in your neighbourhood by calling the Surrey RCMP’s non-emergency number at 604-599-0502.

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