KAWARTHA LAKESThe Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding everyone to do their part to help prevent auto thefts.
Police say stolen vehicles continue to be a frequently reported occurrence to the OPP and often these vehicles had their keys left inside and doors unsecured. Securing vehicles and keys are an easy step to prevent victimization.
Detective Staff Sergeant Chad Culbert, of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau says, “The OPP continues to investigate and work with communities in crime prevention. Over the past several months, the Community Street Crime Unit has investigated several occurrences where vehicles were left unlocked and keys remained inside. Investigators have been able to identify several suspects recently, with the assistance of quality surveillance systems and bring them before the courts to deal with their criminal activity. To deter these individuals from victimizing our communities, crime prevention is paramount, removing the crimes of opportunity, and simple steps of locking your vehicles and securing your keys.”
Thieves can use technology that allows them to steal a vehicle in a matter of seconds. There are ways to prevent vehicles from being stolen. These include:
- Report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood
- Use a steering wheel locking device
- Invest in aftermarket global positioning system
- Secure key fob in a protective case
- Secure vehicle’s diagnostic port lock protector
- Invest in anti-theft devices (fuel immobilizing switches, after-market alarm systems)
Follow these additional steps to help prevent auto theft: