The Belleville Police Service Warns Motorists to Locked Their Vehicles and Not Leave Valuables in Plain View
Lock it OR Lose it Campaign Kicks into Gear for the Holiday Season
Belleville, Ontario – With the holiday season almost upon us, Ontario’s Police Chiefs are encouraging motorists and passengers to LOCK IT DOWN! when it comes to their vehicles and to not leave valuables in plain view. The campaign is a crime prevention program that encourages drivers and passengers to take precautions to protect their vehicles and vehicle contents from theft, particularly during the holiday season but also throughout the year.
The Belleville Police Service is participating in the Province-wide Lock it or Lose it Campaign and educating the community about the dangers of property and identity theft resulting from unlocked vehicles or the leaving of valuables in plain view
“Leaving vehicles unlocked or valuables in plain sight is an invitation for thieves to steal your values. Our police service wants people to take the time to keep their property safe,” said Inspector Marlene Gray. “Thieves are also looking for anything in a vehicle that allows them to engage in identity theft. Don’t give them the opportunity. Keep anything with your personal information with you.”
During the Lock it or Lose it Campaign, police auxiliaries and the community policing volunteers, during the month of December will examine parked vehicles in local shopping centre parking lots to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. Officers place a small notice on vehicles checked indicating what safety precautions were neglected and offer simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicle against theft. The notices also congratulate drivers who have secured their vehicle. Further, volunteers will head into neighborhoods and go door to door, educating the public on the best ways to keep their vehicles and their contents safe and secure.
“IBC is a proud partner of the Lock It OR Lose It campaign. In the lead up to the holiday season, there are more cars on the roads, in the parking lots, and everyone is more distracted than normal. This season is prime business time for thieves. So, as you go to park your car, do one simple thing: lock your doors. Together, we can help Ontarians have a fun and safe holiday season.” said Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigative Services, Insurance Bureau of Canada. Motorists and passengers are urged not to keep personal documents such as vehicle ownership, liability pink slips, credit card invoices, or other documents containing personal information in their vehicles. Identity thieves are looking for such documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export, and even take out a mortgage against victims’ properties without their knowledge.
· Auto thefts have been on the decline over the past decade – this is great news. However, in the past 12 months, there has been an uptick. Stolen vehicles are up 1% to 73,924 across Canada.
· There has been an increase in identity theft in recent years. Cases of identity theft and fraud have increased across Canada from 10,807 in 2010 to 11,594 in 2013 – a 6% increase.
More details about preventing auto theft may be found on-line at: www.ibc.ca/en/Insurance_Crime/Auto_Theft/