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Burglars targeting Whiteshell cottages

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Cottagers in the Whiteshell area have been plagued by a rash of break-ins over the last month, and RCMP are cautioning area residents to be wary of burglars.

Lac du Bonnet RCMP are investigating 13 reports of break-ins in Whiteshell Provincial Park in August, calling the number "higher than usual".

RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Line Karpish said the robbers are targeting electronics and liquor.

"We do encourage and remind cottagers to ensure their doors are locked, windows and patio doors are secured and avoid leaving valuables in sight. Recording serial numbers of valuables and taking pictures goes a long way to assist the police in investigations," Karpish said.

"In cottage country, keeping an eye on each other's property, knowing that at times owners are away for lengthy periods, goes a long way to detect any suspicious activity or prevent, or quickly report break-ins the area. We do encourage the public to record licence plates, make a note of the vehicle descriptors if they see any vehicles that look out of place or don't belong, and pass it along to the RCMP."

A cottager at Big Whiteshell Lake insisted that the number of robberies in the Whiteshell-Red Rock-Otter Falls area could be even higher.

"It’s crazy," said the cottager, who wished to remain anonymous. "And it’s kind of frustrating. We’re being kept in the dark about what’s going on."

Televisions, jewelry, cash and liquor have all been stolen, the cottager said.

"It’s really hard because every time you go back to the lake you hope they haven’t returned," she added. "It’s the feeling of being violated. Something needs to be done here. These people are raking in big."

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