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NWPD remind public to be vigilant in building security

The New Westminster Police Department is reminding residents of apartment buildings and condos to be vigilant in preventing unauthorized entry to buildings.

On March 11th, 2013, a resident of a condo complex along Quayside Drive allowed an unknown subject entry to the building. The male in question claimed to be a FedEx courier; however, despite producing a FedEx envelope, the male did not produce identification and was not wearing a uniform. A break‐in to one of the residences was discovered later in the day and NWPD investigators believe the culprit was the male pretending to be the courier. Follow up investigation with FedEx confirmed the male was not one of their employees.

The male suspect in this case was described as follows:
‐ Caucasian
‐ 5’10” tall
‐ Heavy build
‐ Dark hair just covering his ears
‐ Dark pants
‐ Brown or black leather jacket
‐ Carrying a satchel and a FedEx envelope

Anyone with information on this incident or this suspect is asked to call Cst. Tomas Graham at 604‐525‐5411 or Metro Vancouver Crimestoppers at 1-800-222‐8477.

In addition, the NWPD would ask that residents of apartment buildings and condos practice these basic security tips:
1. Never buzz people you don’t know into your building.
2. Never let someone you don’t know enter the building with you.
3. Never leave entry doors propped open.
4. Report suspicious people or behavior to the police immediately.

Thieves are opportunists, looking to exploit any opportunity to bypass apartment security. They will often act as friends of neighbors, maintenance or utility workers or even as fast food delivery services to gain access.