OPP conducted a Lock It or Lose It initiative in Tillsonburg and Ingersoll over the past weekend.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, in Tillsonburg the Oxford County Auxiliary OPP checked 465 vehicles and found 48 that were unlocked. In Ingersoll, 410 vehicles were checked with 34 unlocked.
The Auxiliary officers observed the following types of items in plain view within the vehicles: cell phones, wallets, gps units, laptops, purses and money.
The OPP requests the public to take the following steps to avoid being the victims of crime.
Lock your vehicle.
Take valuables into your home or secure them in the trunk.
If you have to leave belongings in your vehicle, cover or hide them from view.
Property stolen from vehicles typically includes coins, CDs, DVDs, money, purses, GPS units, computer laptops, clothing, vehicle keys – anything visible within the vehicle.
The OPP investigates numerous property crimes and one that frustrates them is one of the easiest to prevent. Locking your vehicle parked in a driveway or parking lot can prevent this simple yet costly theft. Leaving vehicles unlocked, or valuables left in plain view, creates an opportunity for criminals. If a thief finds an opportunity, they will take advantage of it.