Police remind citizens about potential warm-up thefts

Brampton, January 8 (CINEWS): Warm up thefts are occurring more often in the Region of Peel, with the colder weather police are reminding citizens the dangers of leaving your vehicle unattended. It takes less than a minute for a thief to steal a vehicle when it is  left warming up and unattended. These crimes impact everyone by causing an increase in insurance premiums and creating a potential risk to the public due to criminals operating stolen vehicles on our streets.vehicle-thefts_Jan8

Peel Regional Police recommend the following tips to help prevent warm-up thefts:
• Never leave your vehicle running and unattended – even in your driveway;
• If you must warm up your car, use a remote starter or lock the vehicle and use a spare key;
• Park the vehicle as close to you as possible;
• At home, install a motion activated light in your driveway; and
• Never leave your valuable items in plain view. If possible, use your trunk to store them.

Acting Inspector Ross of Peel Regional Police Commercial Auto Crime states, “Peel Regional Police would like to remind everyone that the convenience of a warm car on a cold day is relatively minor compared to the inconvenience of having your vehicle stolen. Help us keep our communities safer together, by not leaving a vehicle unattended while it is running, even for only a few moments.”

Anyone who may have any information pertaining to this matter may call the Commercial Auto Crime Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3310. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca, or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word “PEEL” and then your tip.

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