Auto Theft Prevention – "Project Lockdown",
Toronto Police 31 Division and Toronto Crime Stoppers
Broadcast time: 10:30
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Unit: Crime Stoppers
On Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., at Tim Horton's located at 4211 Keele Street, 31 Division and Toronto Crime Stoppers launched a crime prevention initiative designed to raise awareness about keyless ignition auto theft.
Toronto Crime Stoppers Chair, Sean Sportun, hosted the event with remarks by Chief James Ramer, Inspector Keith Smith and Jason Lyall, Vice President from KYCS Global Inc.
This summer up to 200 vehicle thefts occurred in the geographical boundaries of 31 Division. The majority of the vehicles stolen had a keyless ignition system.
This initiative will create awareness within the community on the growing issue of auto theft through technology. Vehicle owners will be provided with simple and effective solutions that block the key fob signal. The community will have a crime reporting platform and conduit to report auto theft to the police anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers.
"Toronto Crime Stoppers remains resilient in our efforts to combat crime issues in our city while looking at ways to enhance the safety for our citizens", said Sean Sportun, Chair of Toronto Crime Stoppers. He also states, "This proactive approach to create awareness in partnership with the Toronto Police Service is a testament to improving the safety of the community we serve which empowers a movement of a crime free Toronto”.
Chief James Ramer, Staff Superintendent Randolph Carter and Inspector Keith Smith attended the launch with Toronto Crime Stoppers. Sponsors of the launch issued branded "Project Lockdown" key fob signal pouch protectors to the first 50 vehicles that attended the Tim Horton’s drive-thru. Drivers received a Tim Horton's gift card sponsored by GardaWorld.
"See It, Say It, Stop It. Doing What's Right Is Its Own Reward".
For further information, please contact Toronto Crime Stoppers Coordinator - Detective Marc Madramootoo at 416-808-7260 or PC Lauren Vanspall at 416-808-3119.
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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Marc Madramootoo, Crime Stoppers