Police Remind Shoppers to ‘Lock it or Lose it’ this Holiday Season

For Immediate Release:  December 7, 2017

Waterloo Region, Ontario –   The Waterloo Regional Police Service, in partnership with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), will once again take part in the Lock it or Lose it program, a province-wide crime-prevention campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving vehicles unlocked and/or valuables in plain sight for thieves to steal.

“With the holiday season in full swing, we want to remind community members to be vigilant when they are doing their shopping,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “Lock your vehicles and hide or remove any valuable items to prevent thieves from stealing them. Don’t make it easy for a thief to ruin your holidays.”

An experienced thief can steal a vehicle in as little as thirty seconds. Simply securing your vehicle and putting valuables out of sight will make it more difficult for a would-be thief to steal your vehicle and/or contents.

To help spread this important message, members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service will be attending local shopping malls throughout the holiday season to share information and educate shoppers on how to protect their vehicle and contents.

To date in 2017, there have been a reported 3,019 occurrences of theft from vehicles in Waterloo Region. This includes a total of 346 from November 1, 2017 to December 6, 2017.

For more information on protecting your valuables visit https://www.wrps.on.ca/en/staying-safe/home-safety.aspx or http://www.oacp.on.ca/.


Media Inquiries:

Cherri Greeno

Media Relations Coordinator

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773


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