Theft from vehicles – update from community police officer
Below is a message from our local community police officer regarding recent theft in the community:
“I wanted to make sure everyone is aware we have been seeing an increase of theft from vehicles. The majority of time it is reported that the door was unlocked and the car was searched with no suspects or evidence left behind. I have on occasion had a few people mention that they are certain they locked the car doors but the next day it was still clear to be searched with no damages to the vehicle.
There is a lot of speculation that someone out there has a device that will unlock newer model cars that use a fob system. This has not been proven and is just rumors at this time. My partner did contact a Honda dealership to discuss this matter and it was suggested that often times Fob remotes are placed in pockets/ purses that have contents in it and may accidentally unlock your doors. It was also mentioned that some of the vehicles have the automatic “walk away” lock and that a few owners have reported that this feature was not working. It’s an easy fix and your vehicle can be taken in and diagnosed. This is an option/suggestion only.
I also wanted to remind people that as it is not your fault the vehicles are being broken into and I would suggest taking the time to remove your valuables and double check that the car doors are locked. Below is a link to the web page where you could print your own All Valuables Removed cards to display in your windows. They can also be picked up at the Community Centre, maybe call in advance to see if someone is in at the time by calling ext. 5871/5870/5290.
It is also import to call in any suspicious persons in your neighbourhood who may be checking car doors or houses by dialing 613-236-1222. Provide a description of the person(s) and last known location, if you actually see them enter a car door or checking handles this is a crime in progress please dial 911 with your information and keep an eye on the subject(s).
If you see that your vehicle has been searched through, however nothing taken, please call police to report it, as it still needs to be documented. Online reports can be completed at this link .
Here is the link to download AVR card.
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”
Cst Stephanie Lemieux
Centretown Community Police Officer
Ottawa Police Service
Ph: 613-236-1222 ext. 6079