While you are shopping inside, thieves are window-shopping outside, looking for opportunities in the parking lots of malls.
“This is especially true at this time,” said Constable Vince Langdon, who joined Toronto Police Service members and officers from other law enforcement agencies across the province at the annual ‘Lock it or Lose it’ campaign launch at Yorkdale Mall on November 27.
“With the remotes, people put their bags and other valuables in their trunks and forget to lock the doors, providing criminals with an opportunity to do their own Christmas shopping.”
Constable Jesse Riley agreed with Langdon.
“We still see people leaving their doors open with valuables in their cars,” he said. “We are all humans and we slip up sometimes and forget. That however is not good, particularly during the holiday season. Our message is a simple one. Keep your doors locked and put your belongings in the trunk and out of sight of people.”
Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood represented the province’s senior police leadership at the event.
“Each year, as the holiday season gears up across the province, we begin to utilise the “Lock it or Lose it” campaign as part of our efforts to fight crime,” said Greenwood, a former Toronto Police officer. “Today, and in the days and months to come, Ontario police services will be holding events very similar to what you see here today. This proactive crime prevention program seeks to empower citizens to take very simple precautions to ensure the security of their vehicles and their belongings.
“This time of year represents opportunities for criminals. We urge you to be extra vigilant. Ensure that your vehicles and the items inside are secure… Taking simple precautions when securing your cars and vehicles in an effective way to prevent these types of crimes. Ontario’s police leaders are united in saying that we’d rather prevent a crime than deal with the consequences of a crime.”
Rick Dubin, of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, also spoke at the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police province-wide crime-prevention event.
“Our message is clear,” he pointed out. “Let’s not make it easy for thieves.”
Dubin said 73,000 vehicles were stolen across Canada last year.