Who would leave their vehicle unlocked with valuables inside? You’d be surprised.

This vehicle was left unattended - unlocked - and with the windows down. Yes - in the Sault. And yes - it was reported to police. photo by Lynne Brown/Superior Media

Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like raise public awareness of the dangers of leaving vehicles unlocked and or valuables in sight.

Leaving your vehicle unlocked and/or with valuables in plain view offers would-be criminals an easy opportunity to victimize vehicle owners.

Thefts are considered crimes of opportunity and criminals will frequent several vehicles in a given area, most often entering and stealing from those that are left unlocked.

Residents are still leaving valuables including wallets, cash and cellular phones in their unlocked vehicles visible to passersby.

If your vehicles are locked, the chances of your belongings being stolen are significantly decreased.

The OPP encourage all vehicle owners to do simple things to decrease the risk of being victimized, such as:

  • Never leave a running vehicle unattended
  •  Lock your doors
  • Alarm your vehicle if equipped
  • Roll up your windows
  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Pocket your keys
  • Always park in a well-lit area
  • Keep your registration and proof of insurance in your wallet or purse, not in the glove box

“Sault Ste. Marie OPP is committed to raising crime prevention awareness. We would rather prevent a crime than have to deal with the consequences of crime” Detachment Commander Acting Staff Sergeant Ken Spahr.

If you have any information on a crime and wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at http://www.tipsubmit.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.


  1. I recently took a trip to Toronto and parked my 2017 VW outside my friends apartment complex in a well lit area. I made sure there was NOTHING left in it but they STILL smashed the passengers side window to see what if anything was in the glove box. Go figure. It cost me $400 for a new window.

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