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Members of the Essex County OPP participated in a “Lock It or Lose It” program Monday in conjunction with Crime Prevention Week across the province.
OPP say that theft from, and theft of vehicles, is an ongoing crime which directly impacts victims and places a strain on valuable police resources. They say that this type of crime is not new, but it is very often preventable through community engagement. “Lock It or Lose It” is an award-winning crime prevention initiative developed with the support of Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), aimed at encouraging drivers to take simple precautions to help prevent crime and victimization.
Officers check vehicles and leave a gentle reminder in the form of an information pamphlet, to lock your vehicle when unattended, do not leave valuables in plain sight and ensure windows are not left open when unattended.
Monday, the OPP checked approximately 550 vehicles in Kingsville, Harrow and Essex, and found several vehicles that were unlocked and a handful that had purses, GPS units, cell phones and other valuables left in plain sight. Similar programs will be conducted throughout the week in Leamington as well as Tecumseh.
Police are reminding the public to “Lock It or Lose It”.