Rise in business break-ins sparks warning from Victoria police

Victoria police have issued a warning after a jump in business break-ins during December and the first part of January.

As of Monday, there had been 28 business break-ins in Victoria and Esquimalt so far this month, up from 26 in all of December, police said. November had 16 and October had 18.

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Since December, 75 per cent of business break-ins have taken place in downtown Victoria and the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood, police said.

The warning comes after at least five Fort Street businesses were broken into last week using a glass-removal method to gain entry that resembled other business break-ins this month.

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