Police say if you find a note in your car from the OPP, it was probably checked as a part of the ‘Lock it or Lose it’ program.
Staff Sergeant Baldassare Nuccio with the James Bay Detachment says as a part of this program, police checked to see if residents are locking up their vehicles. For every vehicle found unlocked, they left a note reminding the drivers to lock up next time.
Of the 75 vehicles police checked almost half of them were unlocked and two of them had the keys in the ignition. Nuccio says there has been problems with theft in the past, but he thinks for the most part these crimes go unreported.
The Staff Sergeant says people are less likely to report smaller items being stolen such as sunglasses, cell phones or coffee change. He says every theft is considered a criminal offence.
Nuccio says particularly during the late night or early morning, culprits will break into vehicles and steal valuables. He says it’s best to keep items in vehicles left out of sight to lower the risk of theft.
The ‘Lock it or Lose it’ campaign is an ongoing enforcement measure police use to ensure residents are locking their vehicles and to help prevent theft in the area.