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South Simcoe police provide tips to prevent vehicle thefts

Residents urged to report any suspicious activity
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The South Simcoe Police Service is providing the following tips to help reduce thefts of vehicles.

While there is no guaranteed prevention measure against vehicle theft, we ask you to consider the following precautions:

  • Park vehicles in a locked/secure garage
  • Lock the onboard diagnostic port using a simple device (that can be purchased online) that blocks access to where thieves reprogram the vehicle’s key fob
  • Use a steering wheel locking device
  • Invest in an aftermarket global positioning system (GPS) tracker as it may assist in recovery of the vehicle if it is stolen
  • When not in use, place vehicle key fob inside a radio frequency shielding bag/pouch to block cell signals
  • Store vehicle keys and fobs away from windows and doors of your home
  • Consider purchasing a quality video surveillance system and ensure your cameras are properly placed and functioning for 24-hour use
  • Always lock all of your vehicle’s doors and windows after entering and exiting it
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running, even for a few seconds; turn off the ignition and take the keys with you

Vehicle contents:

  • Never hide a spare key in your car or outside your residence
  • Never leave personal identification or valuables in your vehicle

Homeowners are encouraged to get to know their neighbours and watch out for each other. We ask residents to be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles driving slowly up and down residential streets or person(s) on foot walking up driveways, especially during the evening and/or early morning hours. Report suspicious activity to police immediately.