Before you head into the mall for some holiday shopping, police are reminding you to take a moment and make sure you locked your car.
The province-wide Lock It or Lose It campaign was launched Tuesday by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and officers will be checking to make sure parked vehicles are locked and valuables are out of site.
Officers will leave behind a Lock It OR Lose it flyer with some safety precautions and crime prevention tips. This time of year presents crimes of opportunity for thieves as many shoppers leave shopping items in their cars in plain sight before returning to do more shopping.
Here is a list of top 10 tips to protect your vehicle and its contents. The list reminds motorists to:
- Ensure doors are always locked and the key/fob is in your pocket
- Park in well-lit areas
- Never leave money in plain sight
- Always roll up your car windows
- Put shopping bags and other parcels in the trunk
- Ensure GPS is put in a safe, out-of-sight location
- Keep vehicle registration certificate and proof of insurance on you
- Take electronics, including your cellphone, with you
- Don't leave your car running unattended
- If parking in the same lot often, park in different spots each day
Police also urge motorists 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 these documents and victims may not realize they have been victimized until it is too late, costing them time and money..
Officers in Durham will be making their way westbound from East Division Tuesday visiting parking lots in major shopping areas and big box stores. Similar initiatives will continue throughout the month as we approach the holidays and parking lots fill up with shoppers.
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