The Ottawa Police Service are reporting an increase of thefts from vehicles. Reports indicate that the vehicle door was unlocked in a majority of cases, although the vehicle owner was sure the vehicle was left locked. In some newer models of vehicles that have the automatic walk-away lock, it was reported that this feature does not work consistently. It is an easy fix if your car is having this problem; however, this is an option/suggestion only.
The police want to remind you that it is not your fault that your vehicle was broken into. Preventative measures can be taken by removing your valuables and double checking that the doors are locked. “All Valuables Removed” cards can be picked up at the Community Police Office (inside the Hintonburg Community Centre at 1064 Wellington Street West). Call the office first (at 613.236.1222, ext. 5871/5870/5290) to check when the office is manned.
It is important to report any persons in your neighbourhood who seem to be checking car doors or houses by calling the Community Police Office (613.236.1222). Please provide a description of the person(s) and where you last saw them. If you actually see them enter a car door or checking car handles, this is a crime in progress: so please dial 911 with your information and keep an eye on the subject(s). If your vehicle was in fact broken into, whether something was taken or not, the police appreciate you making an online report to assist them gather information on where officers are needed.