Don't Make it Easy for Vehicle Thieves Message from OPP
Between September 1, 2020 and October 2, 2020, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has responded to 12 stolen vehicles. Investigators have determined that 11 of the 12 (92%) stolen vehicles had the keys left inside.
Vehicle thefts have increased substantially in the South Bruce OPP detachment area. 92% of the recent vehicle thefts could have been prevented had the vehicle keys not been so accessible.
The South Bruce OPP is reminding you about the Lock it or Lose it and #PocketYourKeys campaigns to help prevent more vehicles from being taken. Here are some simple steps to help reduce the number of stolen vehicles and protect you as the vehicle owner:
1. Do not leave your keys in your vehicle.
2. Do not leave your vehicle running.
3. Lock your vehicle.
4. Treat your keys like cash - Don't leave keys in places where they are easy to steal such as a gym locker, on your desk at work, in an open purse or unattended in a shopping cart.
5. Never leave anything in your vehicle in plain view such as loose change, cell phones, cameras, clothing, gifts, cigarettes, medication, firearms or any other valuables.
6. Install a remote car starter - Remote starters are designed to shut off if anyone attempts to drive the vehicle without a key. This will allow you to warm up your car without risk of theft.
When a vehicle is stolen, the consequences go far beyond its loss. The vehicle could be used in a criminal act like a break and enter, transporting stolen property, trafficking of drugs or human trafficking. Another risk for a vehicle owner is the liability should it be involved in a serious crash.
Theft is a crime of opportunity that you can help control so #PocketYourKeys.
"This is not just about vehicle theft, it's about community safety and wellbeing. When a vehicle is stolen it's an inconvenience to the owner. If the stolen vehicle is used in a crime or involved in a serious collision, it can have a lasting impact on our community. Make sure you #PocketYourKeys when your vehicle is not in use" - Inspector Krista Miller, Detachment Commander, South Bruce OPP.
The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.