Just weeks after two home invasions in northeast London, police say students continue to be targeted in break and enters in the city.
Police say there have been several incidents recently involving large groups of people — both men and women — entering homes that were occupied at the time.
The most recent incident occurred on Saturday at around 12:15 a.m. on Patricia Street near Western University. Police say a resident had invited friends over but noticed two women who were not invited had entered the home. When asked to leave, one of the women assaulted one of the residents. At that point, others forced their way into the home and a large fight ensued.
Police say the resident who was assaulted sustained only minor injuries. The suspects had fled before officers arrived.
Students urged to take precautions
Investigators are concerned about what they perceive as a trend.
"While we know that homes that are occupied by students are being targeted, the previous incidents were only in the area of Fanshawe College," said Det.-Sgt. Blair Harvey of the Street Crime Unit.
"The incident this past weekend was in the area of Western University, which means that all post-secondary students in our community need to be extra vigilant," said Harvey.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call London Police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent online anonymously at www.londoncrimestoppers.com .