Lock It or Lose It in Central West Division
14 May 2014
In reaction to an increased number of theft from motor vehicle incidents, officers from Central West Division, along with support from the Auxiliary Unit, ran a “Lock It or Lose It” campaign on Friday night in north Whitby to raise awareness of property safety.
The officers visited the area bounded by Rossland Road, Garden Road, Taunton Road and Anderson Road between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., checking for locked vehicle doors. If a vehicle door was found unlocked or valuables were seen in plain view, officers left behind a pamphlet to warn the driver of the dangers of these practices. Officers hope to educate the public in order to prevent them from becoming victims of crime.
Police attended 567 residences and inspected 426 motor vehicles, finding 76 motor vehicles unlocked (17.8%), 51 motor vehicles had visible valuables (11.9%), 6 garage doors were found to be open. One residence was found to have its house key in the front door lock. Officers observed visible valuables including: sunglasses, credit cards, a wallet, 407 transponders, GPS systems, and other personal articles.
Police want to remind everyone to keep their vehicle doors locked even when parked in your driveway. Valuables should be removed or hidden from view. The public should report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood.
Anonymous information can be sent to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.