A break-in to a home in Parksville prompted a warning to residents from police.
Corporal Jesse Foreman said the incident took place on June 25 at 2:15 p.m. while the homeowner was walking the family dog.
The unidentified suspect used the time to quickly enter the home and grab whatever was easily available before fleeing the scene.
The incident stands as a warning to others about just how quickly a thief can strike.
“Unfortunately there will always be opportunistic criminals who are just waiting for an unlocked door or window,” Foreman said. “In the summer months people have a tendency to leave doors and windows open to allow for ventilation. It is also important to not let your guard slip when you are gardening or mowing your grass.”
Indeed, he said you don’t even have to be out of the house for a quick-witted culprit to take advantage of the situation if a door is left unlocked.
“If you are in your back yard, who’s in the front yard?” he said.
Not only the front door should be secured, he noted. Other points of access, including windows, need to be checked before leaving the house — even for what seems to be an inconsequential period of time.
“Please be aware that screen doors and open windows are common entry points for thieves. Regardless of the time or your whereabouts, please lock out the thieves this summer, Foreman said.”