Motor vehicles are key components of our day-to-day lives and are of high-value. As a result, they are often the target of crime.

If your vehicle is stolen, report it to police immediately at 905-825-4777.

Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips

While there is no guaranteed prevention measure against vehicle theft, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) can provide you with following precautions:

  • Always lock all of your vehicle's doors and windows after entering and exiting it.
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running, even for a few seconds. Turn off the ignition and take the keys with you.
  • Parking your vehicle:
    • Park in a well-lit and attended area, if possible
    • If you have a garage, use it
    • If you have a front-wheel drive model, park it front end first
    • If you have a rear-wheel drive model, back it in
    • Turn the front wheels to one side to make it more difficult to tow
    • Always set the emergency brake
  • Invest in anti-theft devices:
    • Ignition or Fuel Kill Switches
    • Steering Wheel, Gearshift, and Hood Locks
    • Steering Column Collar
    • Electric Alarm
    • Vehicle Tracking System
  • Vehicle Content:
    • Never hide a spare key in your car. Thieves know where to look
    • Never leave personal identification or valuables in your vehicle
    • Remove GPS navigation and other technology from view when not in your vehicle
    • Engrave removable accessories, such as stereos, for easy identification

Precautions in Case of Theft

Unfortunately, despite all efforts to prevent vehicle theft, it still occurs. In case of theft, the HRPS encourages you to:

  • Record the following information and store in a safe place:
    • Year, make, model, and colour of your vehicle
    • Licence plate and vehicle identification numbers
    • Serial numbers for any special equipment
    • Any dents or scratches that distinguish your vehicle from others
  • Drop a business card down the panel doors to assist police with identifying the vehicle's registered owner

Why Vehicles Are Stolen

  • Re-sale in their entirety or in parts. Thieves may take stolen vehicles out of the province or even the country
  • Transportation before they are abandoned
  • Use in other crimes, such as robberies or break and enters
  • Sale under a false identification number to unsuspecting parties
  • As part of an insurance fraud. In these instances, owners have their vehicles stolen and sold, taking a portion of proceeds while filing false claims with their insurance companies

Download a PDF version of these Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips.