The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has a simple message for residents in Milton and Halton Hills: ‘Lock it or Lose it.’
Investigators in District 1 (Milton and Halton Hills) examined all vehicle entries in their district between January 1, 2019 and July 18, 2019. They found an overwhelming majority of thefts (94 per cent) targeted vehicles that were left unlocked.
In the small number of thefts where vehicle doors were pried open or windows smashed, items of value had been left in plain sight.
To illustrate the importance of locking doors and removing valuables, attached to this media release is a link to a short video of actual thefts that occurred in District 1. In the surveillance footage, suspects are seen moving on quickly from vehicles with locked doors, while taking quick advantage of unlocked cars and trucks.
“We really want to ensure our residents are aware of just how important it is to lock your vehicle. It is a huge crime deterrent and an effective way to protect your property,” says District 1 Superintendent Al Albano. The HRPS would like to remind residents to:
- Always park in well-lit areas
- Never leave valuables in plain sight
- Ensure your vehicle doors are always locked
- Always roll up vehicle windows
- Take electronics with you
- Never leave vehicle running and unattended
Watch the video below.