Durham Police issue alert after stolen vehicles spike from Clarington to Ajax

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Published November 3, 2022 at 9:59 pm

Durham Police have issued a crime alert after a record 133 vehicles were stolen in the region last month.

Police have also offered a handful of tips on how to prevent your car or truck from ending up in a criminal’s hands.

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  • #1. Always LOCK your vehicle. “It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to deter thieves,” said Sgt. Joanne Bortoluss of the DRPS.
  • #2. Consider an anti-theft device
  • #3. Don’t store your keys by your front door
  • #4. Never leave your keys in your vehicle or outside your home
  • #5. Always park in a well-lit area or garage

So far in 2022 there have been 814 reported thefts – 211 more incidents than this time last year and well on the way to record-breaking year.

Durham Police issued a similar alert in June after vehicle thefts spiked 48 per cent in the first five months of the year, mirrowing a trend seen across the GTA. Two weeks ago three trucks – all Dodge Rams – were stolen in a 24-hour period in Clarington and Oshawa.

 

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