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Monday, August 6, 2018

OPP: Pocket Your Keys

Grey Bruce | by Travis Jackson  

South Bruce OPP campaign to curb vehicle thefts

South Bruce OPP are trying to help prevent car theft with their ''Pocket Your Keys'' campaign.

The campaign launched back in early April.
So far this year, 47 stolen vehicles have been reported.

Last year, there were 106 stolen vehicles reported.

Provincially, the numbers continue to rise most notably in rural communities in southwestern Ontario.

In over 50 per cent of the cases, the thefts were preventable. This means that the vehicle was left unlocked, had the keys inside or was left running making it easy for thieves.

When a vehicle is stolen, the consequences go far beyond its loss. The vehicle could be used in a criminal act like a break and enter, transporting stolen property, trafficking of drugs or human trafficking. Another risk for a vehicle owner is the liability should it become involved in a serious crash.

Police want to remind you not to make it easy for criminals to steal your keys. Keep them with you when you aren't in the vehicle. Don't leave them in your car, don't leave your car running, and make sure you always lock your vehicle.

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