A professional can steal your vehicle in just 30 seconds – without the key! The Ontario Provincial Police of the East Algoma OPP is encouraging citizens to “Lock It or Lose It”. The goal of this proactive crime prevention program 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. The OPP reminds drivers to always:
Roll up their vehicles’ windows;
Keep valuables out of sight;
Lock their doors; and
Pocket their keys
Auto theft cost Canadian more than $1 billion every year. About half of all stolen vehicles are used to commit another crime or are driven – often recklessly – for simple purposes of transportation called destination theft. In these cases, the thieves are usually amateurs who take advantage of owner negligence by grabbing the first vehicle they can find that’s been left unsecured. In the other half of cases, vehicles are stolen by professional thieves involved in organized crime rings.
“The key to protecting your vehicle is in your hands, shares Detachment Commander Inspector Yves Forget of the East Algoma OPP. Keep yourself from becoming an easy target by properly securing your vehicle. Remember Lock It or Lose It.”
More details about crime-proofing may be found on line at: www.ibc.ca