Someone is stealing a lot of copper pipe in the Digby area.
Digby RCMP Constable Darrell McNeil reported today that breaks and enters tripled last month compared to the same month last year.
Last year property owners reported four break and enters in the Digby area in the month of September and this September that number has jumped to 13.
McNeil says the thieves are targeting vacant properties and summer homes, breaking in, stealing copper pipe and causing damage in the process.
Eight of the thirteen break and enters involved theft of copper pipes.
The thieves took copper from properties in the town of Digby, North Range, Ashmore and Woodvale. In Pylmpton alone thieves took copper pipe from four properties.
McNeil says investigators have some good leads but are hoping the public can help with information.
“If people have seen any suspicious activity or see any, that kind of information can help up make an arrest and stop these prolific offenders,” he said.
Anyone with information can contact the Digby RCMP at 245-2579 or contact Crime stoppers at
1-888-222-(TIPS)8477 or can visit the website at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.
McNeil says there are steps property owners can take to dissuade thieves looking for an easy target.
They can arrange to have someone check on their properties regularly, to keep the property tidied and looking lived in, pick up the mail and newspapers, or even ask a neighbour to park an extra vehicle there occasionally.
Timer lights, motion detector lights and alarms are also effective.