The theft of your motor vehicle, or the theft of the contents in your vehicle, can be a traumatic and frustrating experience. A professional can steal your vehicle in just 30 seconds – without the key. The Ontario Provincial Police is encouraging citizens to “Lock It or Lose It.” The goal of the OPP is to encourage drivers to take a few simple precautions that will protect their vehicles from theft. An unlocked door or an open window is an invitation to thieves. There are a few easy things that vehicle owners can do to prevent theft:
- Roll up their vehicles’ windows;
- Keep valuables out of sight or remove them from your vehicle;
- Lock their doors; and
- Pocket their keys.
This advice can be carried out to your home also. Take a look around your property to see if there are items left out for thieves to steal. It is common for a homeowner to leave items such as bikes, toys, tools etc. out in plain view for a waiting thief. Place you belongings in a secure location or lock them up. This includes your garage, shed or the car parked in your driveway.
Officers from the East Algoma OPP Detachment will be patrolling parking lots checking vehicles to ensure everyone’s property is secure. If an officer finds a vehicle that could be an easy target for a thief, a pamphlet will be placed on their windshield. The “Lock it or Lose it” pamphlet will provide the driver with tips on keeping their property safe.
Don’t fall victim to a thief, Lock it or Lose it.