With warm summer weather already here, the Langley RCMP are warning residents to keep their homes secure even if windows are open.
â€œUnfortunately, an open window can be an invitiation for intruders,â€ said Cpl. Holly Largy, of the Langley Mounties.
Police advise against leaving a window open overnight or when residents are not at home.
If a window is opened, it should be pinned for security, perhaps drilling a hole through both frames and using a double-headed nail to secure the window.
Keep the open position small enough that someone couldnâ€™t get in.
Largy also warned about safety and screens, and noted that each year there are incidents in which kids, usually toddlers, are injured when they fall out of upper floor windows after pushing a screen out.
When it comes to security, open windows have been an access point for local criminals as recently as last fall.
Greyszen Beszedes was charged with five counts of break and enter, along with counts of mischief, attempted theft, and assault with a weapon earlier this fall.
The break ins took place between Oct. 2 and 21, and all involved a thief getting in through unsecured entrances.
Beszedes is still wanted after he apparently fled the province following his first arrest.