Regina police increase patrols following string of home invasions
Police are boosting their patrols of a Regina neighbourhood following a series of armed home invasions this month.
According to police, three homes in the North Central neighbourhood have been broken into — in a similar fashion.
People on the 1600 block of Retallack Street told CBC News Tuesday they were shocked when they learned a man armed with a knife forced himself into a house on the corner early Saturday morning.
When police arrived, they found two men — one elderly — collapsed outside the house with knife wounds.
Almost two weeks ago, on the 1200 block of Athol Street, a man with a knife entered an elderly woman's home and made off with some cash. And, about one week ago, a man reportedly broke into the home of another elderly woman in the same area.
Despite the similarities, police are not saying, at this point in their investigation, if the cases are related.
"It is very concerning and we are looking into it," Les Parker, a police spokesman, told CBC News Tuesday. "And if people are in a similar situation we ask them to be aware."
According to police, there have been 22 reported home invasion in Regina from January to July of 2014. That is five more than were reported in the same time period of 2013.
Police offered the following home safety tips:
- Lock your doors.
- Install a monitored home security system.
- Keep a light on outside your home.
- Keep any valuables out of sight of windows or yards.
Parker added if you find yourself in a dangerous situation, to take steps to protect your personal safety and not to worry about possessions.
"You are the one thing that is not replaceable," Parker said. "So make sure that you are safe."
Police are continuing to investigate the three most recent cases and no suspects have been arrested.
With files from CBC's Roxanna Woloshyn