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Break and enters during funeral ceremonies

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The Middlesex and Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are warning residents of the sudden increase in break and enters during funeral ceremonies. The OPP are urging the public to be cautious when posting funeral arrangements online and in local newspapers; specifically, that any address information is not shared via Canada411 or other online directories.

Police are urging the public of this emerging trend that has been observed and is encouraging community members to choose alternative methods to share funeral specifics.

The OPP is also recommending that if you plan on being away from your residence for an extended period of time; to share absence details with a trusted neighbour or family member. Any suspicious activity should be reported to police immediately.

Police are actively investigating these crimes. Anyone with information regarding any investigation is encouraged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.