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Media Release

Release Date: October 15th, 2020 - 10:00am

Originator: Detective, Candido Moniz, 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747

Contact: D/Constable, Pam Douglas, 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2363

Location: City of Burlington

Halton Police Remind the Burlington Community to Lock it or Lose it

Halton Police would like to remind vehicle owners to keep their vehicles locked due to a recent increase in overnight thefts in the City of Burlington.

Over the past few weeks, a significant rise in theft incidents from vehicles has been reported to police. The reported incidents have occurred during the overnight hours and involve thieves entering unlocked vehicles to steal loose change and other valuables from inside.

The latest rash of incidents has occurred across the City, but thieves have been primarily targeting Burlington's south end, south of the Q.E.W. 

As police continue to investigate these crimes, we would like to remind and are urging Burlington residents to remain vigilant by keeping watch for suspicious vehicles and or persons in their neighbourhoods and to report it immediately to police.

Police are reminding the public of the following prevention tips:

  • Ensure your unattended vehicle(s) are kept locked/secure
  • Never leave personal identification or valuables in your vehicle
  • Park in well-lit and attended areas whenever possible
  • Never leave spare keys in your vehicle
  • If you have to leave valuables in your vehicle, lock them in your trunk. Don't tempt thieves by leaving packages or purses in plain view or on the seat. 
  • Remove garage door openers, G.P.S. navigation, cell phone devices and power cords from your vehicle if possible or at the least, removed from view
  • Consider installing C.C.T.V. / Surveillance cameras which can capture the crime and aid in suspect identification
  • Ensure residences and garages are locked when absent from the home or turning in for the night

Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2316. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

For additional information about community concerns in Burlington, follow us on Twitter @HRPSBurl. Additionally, for the latest crime data, crime prevention tips, news releases and general information - visit the Service's website www.haltonpolice.ca.