Habitat for Humanity Toronto faces the second of two break-ins in one
week at their Kingston Road site
TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Between the hours of 5:00pm yesterday evening
and 7:00am this morning, thieves broke into Habitat for Humanity
Toronto's 4572 Kingston Road build site and stole over $1,000 worth of
copper wiring from two units being built for families living in need.
This is the second break-in the charity has had to face this week along
with this past weekend's robbery of electrical wiring and copper piping
in six other units under construction.
Despite Habitat Toronto keeping a locked and well-lit fenced in site,
locking all homes, and even boarding up all windowed doors, thieves
broke in through basement windows. "We are doing everything we can to
keep this site secure from thieves," says the Habitat for Humanity
Toronto's CEO Neil Hetherington. Habitat Toronto has reported the
robberies to Toronto Police 43 Division and given police a tape of the
thieves caught on a neighbour's security camera.
Mr. Hetherington is not only concerned about continuing to keep the
build site safe, but is now faced with expenses the burglaries have
placed on the organization. "Not only have these robberies cost the
organization almost $3,000 in materials and repairs, but they will also
alter our building schedule and thus affect our daily volunteers who
are working hard to make sure these homes are ready for 29 hardworking
families this spring." Habitat Toronto estimates that these robberies
have added an additional week or more onto their build schedule.
The organization is aware of similar crimes in the area and in the west
end of the city (Toronto Star article "Copper thieves cash in on high market price"
published Tuesday February 15 2011). "We know we're not the only ones that have faced these types of
burglaries in the city with the value of copper being so high right
now. It is sad however that they are preying on the most vulnerable,"
says Habitat Toronto's Site Superintendent Brian Thornton. "This means
that after we spend the time and funds on repairing these homes, we
might be faced with this same crime again."
Please visit www.torontohabitat.ca for more information on Habitat for Humanity Toronto.
SOURCE Habitat for Humanity Toronto
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