There has been a rash of Theft from Vehicle in the recent past so we’re asking members of our community to please read the letter below from our Barrhaven Community Police Officer, Preventing theft from your vehicle.
Crimes since September 5 in Half Moon Bay (and HMB South) and Stonebridge areas.
- 5 Theft from Vehicle reported with 4 in Half Moon Bay
- 3 Thefts reported all in Half Moon Bay (and HMB south)
Preventing theft from your vehicle.
Presently thieves are active in Half Moon Bay and have been accessing unlocked vehicles and stealing the valuables that have been found within. There are steps that you can take to reduce the odds of your car being accessed by a thief.
Thieves generally look for unlocked vehicles, which they will enter and steal absolutely anything of value such as CD’s, GPS, DVD’s, sunglasses, wallets, computers, tablets, loose change, phones and game players.
You should never leave anything of value inside your vehicle.
- Don’t leave personal identification, original vehicle registration ( leave a photo copy) or financial cards inside your car.
- Remove valuables and shopping bags from view, including loose change.
- Never leave your car running while unattended.
- Always lock the doors and wind the windows up.
- Never leave your car or house keys inside your vehicle.
- If possible, park in well lit areas with pedestrian traffic.
Consider that if you keep an automatic garage door opener in your unlocked car, that thieves will be able to gain access to the interior of your garage.
I’m aware that there are some people who choose to keep their car door unlocked, figuring that if the door is locked, the thief will smash a window to gain access.
Ask yourself if a thief would smash a car window to gain access to the interior of a car that appears to be completely void of anything valuable? Smashing a window risks the thief getting caught and the thief is very likely not going to risk getting caught breaking into a car that appears empty.
If you notice people checking car door handles or peering in car windows, don’t hesitate to report your observations to the police by calling 613-230-6211 or 911 if you observe a crime in progress.
Sometimes home owners forget to close their garage doors when they retire for the evening, so it is certainly a good idea to double check that it is closed and locked.
If you would like an Ottawa Police “All Valuables Removed” placard to display inside your vehicle, please contact your Half Moon Bay Community Association or Half Moon Bay Neighbourhood Watch.
If you are a victim of having had someone steal items from inside your car, it is very important that the incident is reported to police. Reports from community members help us to identify problem areas, track follow ups and deploy our resources appropriately. A report can be easily made by phone, by calling 613-236-1222 ext. 7300 or online at . http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.asp
The theft from vehicles that have recently occurred is presently under investigation by the West District Investigations Section.
Cst Tim Murray
Barrhaven Community Police Officer
2014 09 11