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  March Break Initiative

Mar 25, 2011 12:00 ET

Members of the East Division Community Response Unit, which includes our school, youth, divisional and target officers, participated in a March Break initiative focusing on youth issues within Clarington.
As part of the initiative, officers concentrated efforts on areas identified through Crime Analysis as being traditionally problematic for youth disorder. In addition to enforcement efforts, officers interacted with youths in these areas. Traditional youth disorder includes mischiefs to property, drug activity and thefts from motor vehicles.
In response to ongoing issues with thefts from motor vehicles, officers engaged in the Provincial program titled “LOCK IT OR LOSE IT” at several shopping areas. Officers checked over 600 vehicles and spoke with several members of the public regarding this issue. Approximately 30% of the vehicles checked were found to be unlocked or had valuables in plain view.

Since 2006, there has been an average of 225 reported incidents of thefts from motor vehicles in Clarington. Police know this represents only a percentage of the actual incidents, as people consider this type of crime to be minor. Police would like to remind people to report these and any other crimes.

Under the “Lock It or Lose It” program, police officers examine parked vehicles to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. A small notice placed on every vehicle checked indicates what safety precautions were neglected and offers a few simple prevention tips, drivers can use to protect their vehicles against theft. The notice also congratulates those who have taken the time to ensure their vehicle is secure, with valuables out of sight.

The goal of this proactive crime prevention program is to encourage drivers to take a few simple precautions that will protect their vehicles, and vehicle contents, from theft.

DPRS would like to remind members of our community that many of these thefts also occurred overnight in your driveway. By taking engaging in the simple precautions of locking your vehicle and keeping valuables out of sight, you can reduce the chance you will be victim of theft.

Members of East Division will continue with enforcement and pro-active activities throughout the year, including the summer months when youth are generally more active within our community.

Several additional property safeguarding tips are available on our website at www.drps.ca under Public Safety/Safety Tips.

Anyone with information on any crime is asked to contact East Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1611. Anonymous information can be sent to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.