Police launch anti-theft campaign at Yorkdale Shopping Centre

News Dec 07, 2017 by Andrew Palamarchuk North York Mirror

Lock your vehicles so you don’t lose your valuables.

That’s the simple message police had for holiday shoppers as they launched the annual Lock it or Lose it campaign at Yorkdale Shopping Centre Thursday, Dec. 7.

As part of the initiative, police officers from across the city are examining parked vehicles in mall parking lots to confirm that they’re locked and that no valuables were left in plain view. A notice is then placed on vehicles offering crime prevention tips and advising what, if any, safety precautions were neglected.

Const. Dan Ramos of divisional policing support said police traditionally see a spike in thefts from autos during the busy holiday shopping season.

“The way some of these (suspects) operate varies. Some are going around trying doors,” he said in an interview. “Some are just looking into vehicles and then will attempt to break into a vehicle whether it’s locked or not … if they see merchandise in there that they believe is of value, so simply locking your doors isn’t enough.”

A professional can get into a locked vehicle in just 30 seconds (without the key).

Once inside, some suspects also steal vehicle registration certificates and insurance documents in order to commit identity theft.

“Following all the strategies that we suggest will definitely help reduce the chances of your vehicle being broken into or your vehicle being stolen,” Ramos said.

Police suggest motorists protect their vehicles and valuables by taking these precautions:

• roll up your vehicle’s windows, lock the doors and pocket the key;

• never leave your vehicle unattended while it’s running;

• keep your vehicle registration and insurance documents on you at all times (don’t keep them in the glove compartment);

• never leave valuables or packages in full view (put them in the trunk);

• park in well-lit areas.

“The parking lots are busier, so (suspects) can move through vehicles and not look as suspicious either and just casually be looking into vehicles,” Ramos noted.

Anyone who sees vehicle-related activities that appear suspicious is asked to call police or the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s tip line at 1-877-IBC-TIPS.

Police launch anti-theft campaign at Yorkdale Shopping Centre

News Dec 07, 2017 by Andrew Palamarchuk North York Mirror

Lock your vehicles so you don’t lose your valuables.

That’s the simple message police had for holiday shoppers as they launched the annual Lock it or Lose it campaign at Yorkdale Shopping Centre Thursday, Dec. 7.

As part of the initiative, police officers from across the city are examining parked vehicles in mall parking lots to confirm that they’re locked and that no valuables were left in plain view. A notice is then placed on vehicles offering crime prevention tips and advising what, if any, safety precautions were neglected.

Const. Dan Ramos of divisional policing support said police traditionally see a spike in thefts from autos during the busy holiday shopping season.

“The way some of these (suspects) operate varies. Some are going around trying doors,” he said in an interview. “Some are just looking into vehicles and then will attempt to break into a vehicle whether it’s locked or not … if they see merchandise in there that they believe is of value, so simply locking your doors isn’t enough.”

A professional can get into a locked vehicle in just 30 seconds (without the key).

Once inside, some suspects also steal vehicle registration certificates and insurance documents in order to commit identity theft.

“Following all the strategies that we suggest will definitely help reduce the chances of your vehicle being broken into or your vehicle being stolen,” Ramos said.

Police suggest motorists protect their vehicles and valuables by taking these precautions:

• roll up your vehicle’s windows, lock the doors and pocket the key;

• never leave your vehicle unattended while it’s running;

• keep your vehicle registration and insurance documents on you at all times (don’t keep them in the glove compartment);

• never leave valuables or packages in full view (put them in the trunk);

• park in well-lit areas.

“The parking lots are busier, so (suspects) can move through vehicles and not look as suspicious either and just casually be looking into vehicles,” Ramos noted.

Anyone who sees vehicle-related activities that appear suspicious is asked to call police or the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s tip line at 1-877-IBC-TIPS.

Police launch anti-theft campaign at Yorkdale Shopping Centre

News Dec 07, 2017 by Andrew Palamarchuk North York Mirror

Lock your vehicles so you don’t lose your valuables.

That’s the simple message police had for holiday shoppers as they launched the annual Lock it or Lose it campaign at Yorkdale Shopping Centre Thursday, Dec. 7.

As part of the initiative, police officers from across the city are examining parked vehicles in mall parking lots to confirm that they’re locked and that no valuables were left in plain view. A notice is then placed on vehicles offering crime prevention tips and advising what, if any, safety precautions were neglected.

Const. Dan Ramos of divisional policing support said police traditionally see a spike in thefts from autos during the busy holiday shopping season.

“The way some of these (suspects) operate varies. Some are going around trying doors,” he said in an interview. “Some are just looking into vehicles and then will attempt to break into a vehicle whether it’s locked or not … if they see merchandise in there that they believe is of value, so simply locking your doors isn’t enough.”

A professional can get into a locked vehicle in just 30 seconds (without the key).

Once inside, some suspects also steal vehicle registration certificates and insurance documents in order to commit identity theft.

“Following all the strategies that we suggest will definitely help reduce the chances of your vehicle being broken into or your vehicle being stolen,” Ramos said.

Police suggest motorists protect their vehicles and valuables by taking these precautions:

• roll up your vehicle’s windows, lock the doors and pocket the key;

• never leave your vehicle unattended while it’s running;

• keep your vehicle registration and insurance documents on you at all times (don’t keep them in the glove compartment);

• never leave valuables or packages in full view (put them in the trunk);

• park in well-lit areas.

“The parking lots are busier, so (suspects) can move through vehicles and not look as suspicious either and just casually be looking into vehicles,” Ramos noted.

Anyone who sees vehicle-related activities that appear suspicious is asked to call police or the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s tip line at 1-877-IBC-TIPS.