December 1 - Lock it or Lose it Results

FROM/DE: Upper Ottawa Valley OPP                                                                                    DATE: Decmeber 1, 2017


30 vehicles found insecure
(PEMBROKE, ON) – The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding motorists and passengers to Lock it OR Lose it when it comes to their vehicles and valuables as part of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) Lock It OR Lose It campaign. 
On December 01, 2017 auxiliary OPP officers conducted checks of vehicles parked at several locations including the Pembroke Mall, Petawawa Market Mall and Pembroke’s West End Mall.  Of the 270 vehicles checked 30 vehicles were found to be insecure including 29 unlocked vehicles and one vehicle with the window down.  Valuables, including a wallet, were observed to be in plain view in several of the vehicles checked.     
During the Lock It OR Lose It campaign, police officers, auxiliary officers, and crime prevention personnel will examine parked vehicles to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. They place a small notice on vehicles checked indicating what safety precautions were neglected and offer simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. The notices also congratulate drivers who have secured their vehicle.  The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP will use Lock It OR Lose It notices throughout the year as part of our on-going crime prevention efforts.
Motorists and passengers are also urged not to keep personal documents such as vehicle ownership, liability pink slips, credit card invoices, or other documents containing personal information in their vehicles. Identity thieves are looking for such documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export, and even take out a mortgage against victims’ properties without their knowledge.
Contact:  Cst. Shawn Peever
                Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Detachment
                Tel# (613) 732-3332
                Cell # (613) 633-3294