Ontario Provincial Police Reports Increase in Stolen Vehicles in Eastern Region

A professional can steal your vehicle in just 30 seconds – without the key.

The Ontario Provincial Police in the Eastern Region are investigating several thefts of newer and high-end motor vehicles.

The number of incidents is increasing, involving vehicles equipped with remote keyless start systems. Thieves will use electronic devices to get into the vehicle, start the engine, and walk away in minutes. Push start / keyless start vehicles are more commonly targeted because thieves can bypass their electronic ignition systems with portable devices.

The OPP recommends installing a steering wheel lock bar to deter thieves from stealing and leaving vehicles, even if they are able to start the engine. Parking vehicles in your garage when possible, installing exterior camera systems, motion lighting, and monitoring suspicious people / vehicles in your neighborhood could prevent you from becoming a target.

The OPP also reminds citizens that an open, unlocked door or window is an invitation to thieves. The ‘Lock it or lose it’ program reminds long-time drivers:

• Refit the windows of their vehicles;

• Keep valuables out of sight;

• Lock their doors; and

• Pocket their keys.

Auto theft costs Canadians over $ 1.2 billion each year. About half of all stolen vehicles are used to commit another crime or are driven – often recklessly – for the simple purpose of transportation (this is called “destination theft”). In these cases, thieves take advantage of the owner’s negligence by seizing the first vehicle they can find that has not been secured.

In the other half of the cases, the vehicles are stolen by thieves involved in organized criminal networks.

“This Ontario Provincial Police is committed to finding those responsible for the ongoing vehicle thefts in eastern Ontario,” said Staff Sgt. Chad Culbert of the Community Unit. street crimes.

Anyone with information on the above incidents or any other crime is urged to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or you can submit an online TIP at www.ontariocrimestoppers. California.

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