For Immediate Release: June 11, 2012
Waterloo Region, Ontario –- With the arrival of warmer weather Police are investigating numerous incidents in which vehicles were entered and valuables taken.
The incidents are occurring mostly between 1am and 6am to vehicles parked in driveways on quiet residential streets. Targeted items include GPS units/chargers, wallets, cell phones, sunglasses and loose change. In many cases, the targeted vehicles were unlocked and damage was rarely reported. Unwanted property is sometimes discarded nearby and found by neighbours. Vehicles are also being entered and rummaged through, and in many cases, nothing is taken.
Police are appealing to the public to help reduce incidents of property crime and offer the following tips:
• Ensure that vehicle doors are locked and windows secured
• Remove valuables from vehicle. Any items that cannot be taken out should be kept out of plain sight
• Park in well- lit areas and use motion detector lighting when possible
• Report incidents, as well as suspicious activity to police promptly
• Communicate with your neighbours as they can be your best ally in the fight against property crime.
The continued reduction of property crime remains a priority, and the Waterloo Regional Police Service is committed to working in partnership with the community to create proactive solutions while also reducing further incidents through effective crime analysis, investigation and community awareness campaigns.
To report a crime in progress, call 9-1-1. For non- emergency calls, please call our normal business number, (519) 653-7700. For additional crime prevention tips, visit our web page at http://www.wrps.on.ca/stay-safe/protecting-your-property
Olaf Heinzel, Public Affairs Coordinator
(519) 650-8500 ext. 8773