Police encouraging rural residents to lock their vehicles, sheds and garages

By CityNews Kitchener Staff

Waterloo Regional Police are encouraging residents in North Dumfries, Wilmot, Wellesley and Woolwich Townships to lock their vehicles, homes and outbuildings after receiving several reports of thefts of vehicles, thefts from vehicles and residential break-ins.

Since the beginning of 2022, Waterloo Regional Police received seven reports of residential break and enters, primarily from sheds and garages, nine stolen vehicles, including six motor vehicles, and 11 thefts from motor vehicles in the townships.

Charges have been laid in four of the nine stolen motor vehicle occurrences and two break and enters. Members of Waterloo Regional Police Service’s Property and Financial Crime Unit are actively investigating a number of these incidents and further arrests and charges are anticipated.

In many cases, stolen vehicles had been left unlocked or unattended to warm up.

To reduce the chances of your vehicle being stolen while warming up, it is essential that you never leave it unattended with a key in the ignition. To deter theft from motor vehicles, ensure vehicles are locked and valuables are not left in plain sight.

Remember to keep all residential doors locked, even if you are home. Anywhere you keep valuables should be locked. This includes garages, sheds and your residence.

If your home, outbuildings or vehicles have been broken into, please file a police report immediately. This will assist us in tracking patterns of criminal behavior and potentially identify suspects.

Thefts from motor vehicles can be reported online by visiting www.wrps.on.ca. For break and enters and thefts of motor vehicles, call police at 519-570-9777 (WRPS). For any incident that is in progress, call 911.

For more information about on vehicle theft and home safety, please visit https://bit.ly/3FixW2t and https://bit.ly/3GqwOuY.


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