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Public Advisory,
Theft of Motor Vehicles

Broadcast time: 12:30
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Unit: 23 Division
Phone: 416-808-2300

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the community aware of a recent increase of automobile thefts in the northwest area of Toronto.

Simple precautions can help reduce the risk of having your vehicle stolen.

When parking your vehicle:
- Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running
- Always remove the keys and take them with you
- Park in a well-lit area
- Completely close and lock doors and windows
- Never leave valuable objects in plain view

When at home:
- If you have a garage, use and lock it
- Install a motion sensor light to light up your vehicles and garage
- If possible, install security cameras outside, pointing at your vehicle
- Use a visible steering wheel lock
- When not in use, place vehicle key fob inside a faraday bag (radio frequency shielding bag/pouch) to block cell signals

If your vehicle is stolen, report the theft to the police immediately. You should be ready to report the following vehicle information:

- Year and make, model and colour
- Licence number
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- Special markings- dents, scratches, other damage etc.

If your accessories are stolen, the police will need specific information to identify these items.

Police would like to remind the public to always be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods.

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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Adam Lourenco, 23
Crime Prevention Officer