After seeing an increase in vehicle thefts over the last two weeks, where suspects have been using advanced technology to obtain codes for key fobs, Peel police are urging the public to use increased vigilance to prevent their vehicles from being stolen.
Since the start of September, nearly 30 vehicles have been stolen from residences in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, said police.
Analysis of these most recent thefts has shown that they occur during the week between the hours of 12 am and 5 am.
Luxury vehicles, SUV’s and pick-up trucks equipped with push-button start seem to be the target for these thefts. The stolen vehicles are then either shipped out of the country, disassembled or, in some cases, re-vinned and sold to unsuspecting buyers through private vehicle sales.
Police are advising homeowners to ensure driveways are well lit, park vehicles in a locked garage and to install GPS trackers and steering wheel lock systems in vehicles if possible. Residents are being reminded to store vehicle keys/fobs away from the exterior walls of their homes, preferably in Faraday boxes.
Homeowners are also encouraged to become familiar with their neighbours and be cognizant of suspicious activity, and report that activity to police.