Barrie police say they saw a “significant increase” in thefts from vehicles in April as Ontario continues to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“While people are spending more time at home, it doesn’t remove the need to keep vehicles and valuables secure,” police say.
“Most of these thefts have occurred in residential areas in the overnight and early morning hours.”
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Officers are reminding residents to lock their vehicles and to make sure their valuables are removed from their cars.
“Never leave your wallet [and] financial cards in your vehicle,” police say.
“Secure any valuables that are outside of your residence and close your garage door when you aren’t outside.”
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Barrie Police are receiving many reports of thefts from vehicles. Don’t be a victim: lock your vehicle and remove valuables. For more information and crime prevention tips: https://t.co/tkbRlJm5bv pic.twitter.com/csbZX1Abm1
— Barrie Police (@BarriePolice) April 29, 2020
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Exterior lighting and security cameras could deter possible thieves from approaching a resident’s vehicle, officers say.