Lock It or Lose It

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 3:47 p.m. December 7, 2017

As you go about your Christmas shopping, remember to keep the valuables in your vehicles out of the sight.

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Constable Anthony Lamanna inspects cars in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre parking lot to remind owners to hide valuables from plain sight of thieves

That was the simple message laid out at this year’s Lock it or Lose it campaign, which kicked off at the busy Yorkdale Shopping Centre on December 7.

Shortly after the launch, Constable Anthony Lamanna walked around a parking lot and saw bags that were visible in the back seat of a car in the parking lot.

“This is what we are talking about,” he said. “Here we have a couple of bags from one of the larger retail stores in plain view. You could almost determine what kind of presents they are. It creates a temptation for someone who is going to take the opportunity to disrupt someone’s holiday. Hide it or put it in the trunk.”

Inspector Dave Rydzik, of the Divisional Policing Support Unit, said there has been a six per cent increase in thefts from motor vehicles this year.

“This might not sound like a lot, but that equates to 450 additional thefts from vehicles that have occurred across Toronto this year,” he said.

Rydzik reminded shoppers to be vigilant during the holiday season.

“The Lock it or Lose it campaign tries to remind drivers to never leave a vehicle that is running unattended,” he said. “Lock doors, roll up your windows, keep your valuables out of sight, keep your registration and proof of insurance in your wallet or purse and not in your glove compartment, pocket your keys and always try to park in a well-lit area.”

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