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Problem home behind crime

RCMP say the residents of a particular home in Kaleden are behind a rash of break-in issues the community has been dealing with in recent days. 

"There is a residence that's being rented by some people that are known to us, and we are actively working on trying to address that issue," said Const. James Grandy. 

He said most of the property theft and break-in problems that have been plaguing Kaleden residents and which they have been complaining about on social media are due to the people living in a particular Linden Avenue property, though he declined to provide the exact address. 

"Most of the recent stuff that's happening is due to those people that are temporarily, hopefully, in that particular residence," Grandy said. "So we're working with the homeowner, who lives out of country, to try and address their extraction and I think that's going to solve a lot of those issues that are occurring right now."

Castanet has received tips about criminal activity on Linden Avenue. Grandy confirmed police have been called to that area of Kaleden frequently in the past few days. 

"We want to encourage people to continue to call in anything that's suspicious, any theft that they have on their property," he said. 

RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager echoed the need for people to call in concerns, saying the police won't know there's a problem unless people tell them. 

"If people aren't satisfied with the response then, well, let's work together and find out what we're going to do about that," De Jager said.

He suggested community watch and patrol groups as an ideal solution for areas like Kaleden, where "everybody knows everybody and there's only a couple ways in and out."

Kaleden residents will have a chance to voice their concerns directly to RCMP at a meeting geared at setting up a Block Watch program Monday, Jan. 21 at 5:45 p.m. at Community Hall. 



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