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Saskatoon woman’s car broken into three times in five days

Saskatoon woman’s car broken into three times in five days
Saskatoon woman’s car broken into three times in five days

Tuesday morning, Toni Mackinnon discovered her car had been broken into — again. She says it’s the third time in less than a week.

Friday was the first.

“Four days ago I woke up to a broken car window and broken seats,” Mackinnon told CTV News, describing the broken glass “everywhere.”

She said government documents containing her ID and CDs had been stolen.

The second break-in occurred on Sunday. Mackinnon said a man ripped the plastic she was using to cover her broken window, and was still in her vehicle when she approached.

“I was shocked to say the least, but he took off straight away,” Mackinnon said.

“My car smelled like marijuana.”

Mackinnon said she will have to pay a $750 deductible to repair the damage.

The break-ins all occurred in the parking lot under the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge, where there are designated areas for residents of Clinkskill Manor.

“I just don’t know what to do. I don’t know who to go to … because this is not safe,” Mackinnon said.

Mackinnon said the car break-ins under the bridge have gotten out of hand and that other Clinkskill residents have had similar experiences.

“It’s not right. It has to stop now,” said resident Danielle Huston.

Huston calls for the lighting under the bridge to be repaired to discourage crime.

“If it were any brighter, they would probably think twice before breaking into vehicles,” Huston told CTV News.

She said the lights on the poles have been broken for years.

The City of Saskatoon says it is investigating whether the lights are on private property or whether they are maintained by the municipality.

Huston also calls for a heavier police presence in the area.

According to Saskatoon police, Clinkskill Manor is part of the police’s Crime Free Multi-Housing program.

The program consists of three phases: a safety training with a building manager, an inspection of the building’s security features and a meeting with the residents.

Karen Farmer, the program coordinator, said Clinkskill has not yet participated in the third phase.

“The final phase is to work with the residents and meet them and introduce them to a nice community liaison officer here. We still have to do that with the residents there,” Farmer told CTV News.

Farmer said it’s important for victims of vehicle vandalism to report it to police, “so officers who are patrolling know it’s a hot spot.”

Saskatoon residents can report vehicle vandalism online. https://saskatoonpolice.ca/onlinereporting