Southern Georgian Bay OPP conducted a Lock it OR Lose it Campaign in Penetanguishene and Victoria Harbour on Monday November 7, 2016 between 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
In the months of September and October 2016 officers responded to numerous reports of vehicle entries in these areas. In some cases the vehicles were unlocked and thieves entered and stole personal items such as identification, cash and electronics.
During the Lock it OR Lose it Campaign, police officers examined parked vehicles to confirm they were locked and that no valuables had been left in plain view. Officers placed a small notice on vehicles checked indicating what safety precautions were neglected and offer simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. The notices were also placed to congratulate drivers who had secured their vehicle.
During this campaign, a total of 44 vehicles were checked in Victoria Harbour and the following results were recorded.
- 40 were locked with no valuables in plain view
- Four were unlocked with no valuables in plain view
In Penetanguishene a total of 82 vehicles were checked and the following results were recorded.
- 80 vehicles were locked with no valuables in plain view
- Two vehicles were locked with valuables in plain view