Lock it OR Lose it: Halton Regional Police


The Halton Regional Police Service is warning motorists about the dangers of identity theft resulting from unlocked vehicles, or the leaving of valuables in plain sight, particularly during the holiday season, as part of the annual Lock it OR Lose it Campaign by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP).

The campaign is a proactive crime-prevention program that encourages drivers to take precautions to protect their vehicles and vehicle contents from theft, particularly during the holiday season.

Each year around the holiday season, police services across the Province utilize Lock it or Lose it as part of their efforts to prevent crime and encourage everyone to take some simple precautions to ensure their vehicles and personal belongings are secure.

“Our police service is joining police services across Ontario this holiday season urging motorists to lock their vehicles and ensure valuables are not left in plain sight,” said Deputy Chief Andrew Fletcher. He is asking motorists “to take a moment to lock their vehicles and put items such as laptops, tablets, Smart phones, or unopened presents in the trunk or glove compartment of their vehicle so that they are not easily accessible to those that would commit these crimes”.

Lock it or Lose itThe ‘Lock it or Lose it’  campaign is an opportunity for the Police Service to educate and heighten community awareness on the prevalence of identity theft directly stemming from theft of item from unlocked vehicles. The opportunity to gain access to your personal information, whether through lap tops or other personal documents left in your vehicle can have a horrendous impact over the holidays or at any time of the year.

During the Lock it OR Lose it Campaign, police officers will examine parked vehicles to confirm that they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. Officers will place small notices on vehicles that have been checked, to indicate what safety precautions were neglected and to offer simple crime-prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. Alternatively, the notices can be filled out to congratulate drivers who have secured their vehicles.“By taking simple precautions when it comes to securing our vehicles is an effective way to prevent against these types of crime” said Fletcher who also commented that “this has to be one of the easiest ways for people to take some simple steps to prevent becoming a victim of such a senseless crime”.

Police are urging motorists not to leave personal items such as laptops, briefcases or wallets in their vehicles when unoccupied.  Identity thieves look for such items as they contain personal data and banking information that may allow them to assume identities, secure credit card accounts, and even take out mortgages on victims’ properties without their knowledge.  Victims may not realize they have been victimized until it is too late, costing them time and money to rectify the damage.

The number of stolen vehicles has dropped dramatically recently, with 4,500 fewer motor vehicle thefts in 2012 than there were in 2011, and a 57-percent drop from a decade ago. Despite this positive trend, Ontario’s police leaders and our community partners are concerned that in 2012 there were 12,739 incidents of identity theft and identity fraud reported to police, a five-percent increase over those reported in 2011.

The Provincial Lock it OR Lose it Campaign is supported by a number of OACP partners:  Insurance Bureau of Canada, Interac Association, Roy Speed Ross/Globali, Mac’s Convenience Stores, Canpar, and TitlePLUS.



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