Barrie Police investigating series of opportunistic break-ins following provincial shut down order

"someone out there is taking advantage of the situation that we are all living with."

With a number of businesses sitting vacant following a provincial shut down order, it appears someone with bad intentions is taking advantage.

“We have had a number of incidences reported in the south end of Barrie,” Barrie Police spokesperson Peter Leon told Barrie 360 in reference to reports of break-ins to Barrie businesses, “someone out there is taking advantage of the situation that we are all living with.”

“We are working with respect to finding who is responsible,” he added.

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BPS Spokesperson Peter Leon in a previous visit to the Barrie 360 newsroom

Leon says those business owners leaving their shop vacant can take some precautions, including making sure the security alarm is working. He adds that businesses should move things around a bit, “take anything that looks of value out of front windows, and keep some lights on from time to time. Similar to what you’d do to your house if you were on vacation,”

The Barrie Police Service reminds everyone that minor crimes can be reported online through its crime reporting tool, while 911 remains the best option for emergency situations.

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Anyone with information on these break-ins is urged to contact police at (705)725-7025.