Leeds – The Leeds Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are reminding motorists and passengers to Lock it OR Lose it when it comes to their vehicles and valuables.
A professional can steal your vehicle in just 30 seconds, a vehicle with an unlocked door or an open window is an easy target. Protect your vehicle by locking it and secure your valuables out of sight.
Motorists and passengers are also 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.
- Always roll up your vehicle’s windows, lock the doors and pocket the key.
- Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running.
- Keep your vehicle registration certificate and proof of insurance on you at all times. Don’t leave these documents in your glove compartment.
- Never leave valuable objects or packages in full view. Put them in the trunk or take them into your home.
Leaving your vehicles unlocked and/or with valuables in plain view offers would-be criminals an easy opportunity to victimize vehicle owners.
Leeds OPP would like to remind drivers and passengers that Licenses, insurance cards, vehicle ownerships, passports, as well as mobile devices or laptops, offer criminals the opportunity to further victimize individuals who do not lock their vehicles, or who leave their valuables in plain view.