The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service has issued numerous public awareness messages warning motorists of the dangers resulting from leaving vehicles unlocked, and valuables being left in plain sight, particularly during the holiday season.
Today, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) launches their “Lock It or Lose It” campaign. The annual campaign is a proactive crime-prevention program that encourages drivers to take precautions to protect their vehicles and vehicle contents from theft, particularly during the holiday season.
During the Lock it OR Lose it Campaign, police officers will examine parked vehicles in both residential neighborhoods and commercial institutions to confirm that they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view.
Officers will place small notices on vehicles that have been checked, to indicate what safety precautions were neglected and to offer simple crime-prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. Alternatively, the notices can be filled out to congratulate drivers who have secured their vehicles.
The number of stolen vehicles has dropped dramatically recently, with 4,500 fewer motor vehicle thefts in 2012 than there were in 2011, and a 57-percent drop from a decade ago. Despite this positive trend, Ontario’s police leaders and our community partners are concerned that in 2012 there were 12,739 incidents of identity theft and identity fraud reported to police, a five-percent increase over those reported in 2011.
The Provincial Lock it OR Lose it Campaign is supported by a number of OACP partners: Insurance Bureau of Canada, Interac Association, Roy Speed Ross/Globali, Mac’s Convenience Stores, Canpar, and TitlePLUS.