Police remind shoppers to Lock it OR Lose it to prevent theft

During the Lock it OR Lose it campaign, police officers, auxiliary officers, and crime prevention personnel examine parked vehicles to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view.

During the Christmas season stores and malls are bustling with people spending their hard-earned money on gifts for friends and family.
Barrie police are reminded buyers that to avoid trauma and torment, shoppers need to Lock it OR Lose to prevent theft. The annual provincial campaign (#LockItOrLoseIt) is sponsored by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP).
During the Lock it OR Lose it campaign, police officers, auxiliary officers, and crime prevention personnel examine parked vehicles to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. They place a small notice on vehicles checked indicating what safety precautions were neglected and offer simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. The notices also congratulate drivers who have secured their vehicle.
“When we conduct Lock it or Lose it campaigns, we’re pleased to see that most vehicles are locked, without any visible valuables,” said Cst. Bovair, a Crime Prevention Officer with the Barrie Police Service. “We do find several vehicles that are not as secure, and we remind them that the best way to prevent thefts is by locking vehicles and securing valuables.”
Between 2016 and 2017, there was an overall increase of six per cent in auto theft across Canada.According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, on average, a car is stolen every seven minutes in Canada. Automobile thefts cost Canadians close to $1 billion. This can be broken down to $542 million for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles, $250 million in police, health care and court system costs, and the rest for correctional services. It’s estimated that about 40 people die and 65 people are injured as a direct result of auto theft every year.
Motorists and passengers are urged 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 such documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export, and even take out a mortgage against victims’ properties without their knowledge.

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