Ontario’s Police Leaders want motorists to Lock it OR Lose it when it comes to their vehicles and valuables. The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) launched its annual Lock It OR Lose It campaign, which encourages drivers and passengers to take precautions to protect their vehicles and contents from theft, particularly during the holiday season.
The campaign was kicked off at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto.
“Locking your vehicle and keeping valuables such as GPS and mobile devices, laptops, shopping bags, money and credit cards out-of-sight can go a long way in deterring criminal activities.” said Chief Kimberley Greenwood, the OACP’s First Vice-President and Chief of the Barrie Police Service.
This year’s Lock it OR Lose it campaign is being launched during the holiday season because it’s easy for people to be distracted and leave their vehicle unlocked or leave valuables in plain sight during the holiday hustle-and-bustle. Police will use Lock it OR Lose it notices throughout the year as part of their on-going crime prevention efforts.
“The insurance industry is proud to work with the OACP to support the Lock It OR Lose It campaign,” said Steve Kee, Director of Media and Digital Communications, Insurance Bureau of Canada. “Between 2015 and 2016, we saw an overall increase of 1% in auto theft across Ontario. Let’s not make it easy for the thieves. Leaving your vehicle unlocked or valuables in sight is an open invitation to thieves. We must be vigilant in fighting this crime.”
During the Lock it OR Lose it campaign, police officers, auxiliary officers, and crime prevention personnel examine parked vehicles to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. A small notice is placed on vehicles advising what safety precautions were neglected and offer simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. The notices also congratulate drivers who have secured their vehicle.
Motorists are urged not to keep personal documents such as vehicle ownership, liability pink slips, credit card invoices, or other documents containing personal information in their vehicles. Identity thieves are looking for such documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export, and even take out a mortgage against victims’ properties without their knowledge.
The OACP thanks the Accident Support Services International, Arrive Alive/Drive Sober, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Mac’s Convenience Stores, Smart Serve Ontario, and Trace™ for supporting LockItORLoseIt crime prevention initiatives across Ontario.