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Vancouver police warn of development web site thefts amid rising lumber costs – BC

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Vancouver police say they’re investigating a spike in thefts from construction sites on the town’s west facet.

At the least seven development websites have been focused this yr, police stated. In a single case, thieves received away with greater than $10,000 in plywood.

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“As lumber costs have continued to rise, VPD has seen a big enhance in break and enters to development websites this yr,” Sgt. Steve Addison stated.

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“In lots of instances, the thieves have made off with hundreds of {dollars} in plywood and different constructing supplies. We’re encouraging web site managers to take precautions to keep away from future thefts.”

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The newest theft, which was reported Could 10 at a development web site in Kerrisdale, noticed three pallets of roofing shingles and 60 sheets of plywood stolen after being left unsecured for a number of days.

Police stated there have been related thefts at websites within the areas of Arbutus Ridge, Kitsilano, Marpole and Dunbar.

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Police aren’t certain if a number of thieves are answerable for the thefts, however they do imagine whoever is accountable is utilizing a big truck or van given the variety of supplies being stolen.

Police say development crews ought to plan forward so there aren’t any additional supplies mendacity round. In addition they say additional supplies ought to be left on an higher flooring of the constructing below development or a heavy object just like the forks of a forklift ought to be positioned on high of the supplies so thieves can’t simply entry them.

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