Vehicle crimes on the rise in Halton

STORY BY RION RODIE, ETHAN WILLOUGHBY, NIK KUARSINGH, COREY CUSHINAN

What you should know about vehicle theft and how to prevent it.

Car break-ins are one of the most common forms of theft in Halton.

While it’s impossible to confirm it won’t happen, there are some easy steps you can take to make it as hard as possible.

1.       Do not leave valuables in the car.

It starts before you even exit the vehicle, make sure to leave nothing of value or that can be enticing such as a backpack/purse or a shopping bag, in the car.

2.       Park in populated places.

Thieves do not want to risk getting caught. So don’t park out of sight.

3.       Make it a pain.

Any extra measures you take (such as a wheel lock) will prove invaluable.

4.       Trust your instincts.

If you see suspicious activity, trust your instincts, and don’t park there.

 Here are some common-sense tips

  • Always lock your car even when driving.
  • When parked keep all windows closed.
  • Know where you’re going and avoid high crime areas when applicable.
  • Park in well-lit and highly visible areas.
  • Never leave a running car unattended.
Rear View Of A Shocked Man Standing In Parking Lot After His Car Was Stolen

Vehicles often are targeted for criminals in search of an easy ride or a quick dollar.

According to Halton police vehicles are stolen because…

  • Sale under a false identification number
  • Use for other crimes such as break ins – robberies
  • Resale of parts
  • Transportation fraud

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) have been investigating the recent events of vehicle thefts in Oakville.  Including a 17 vehicle break in that happened in late September at a four-storey apartment building located on Creek Shore Common.

Community safety is a shared responsibility. Help keep Halton safe and immediately report any suspicious activity to the following.

Halton Police – 905-825-4747 ext. 2216

Crime Stoppers – 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

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