Police have plan to battle skyrocketing auto thefts in Burlington, Oakville, Milton


Published April 10, 2024 at 2:44 pm

Auto thefts skyrocketed in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills in 2023 according to the Halton Police 2024-2027 Strategic Plan.

Statistics show there were 1,792 auto theft-related occurrences last year, nearly triple the number from 2020, which saw 630.

As part of the Strategic Plan, the Halton Regional Police Service has a plan to reduce auto thefts by 50 per cent through partnerships and collaboration.

Among the initiatives shared in the report, which was unveiled at a recent Halton Police Services Board meeting, are:

  • Increasing information sharing about crime prevention initiatives and programs with the community
  • Upstream investments in partnerships and coordinated service delivery models within the Region’s Community Safety and Well-Being framework to address root causes of social disorder (mental health, substance misuse, etc.) that often lead to crime and victimization
  • Continued participation in multi-jurisdictional investigative projects and joint forces operations
  • Continued advocacy and collaboration with key external stakeholders to help them understand their role in crime prevention (auto manufacturers, insurance companies, border services, government)

“As Chair of the Halton Police Board, I am immensely proud to unveil our 2024-2027 Strategic Plan, a roadmap that heralds a new era of accountability and service excellence in the Halton region,” said Jeff Knoll, chair of the Halton Police Board.

“For the first time, the plan’s formation was led by the Board, featuring a robust framework for measurable outcomes, ensuring our objectives are clear and our progress quantifiable.

“Developed with exhaustive public input, including a comprehensive opinion survey and focus groups with key stakeholders, this plan truly reflects the aspirations and concerns of the Halton community. We are committed to fostering a safer, more connected Halton, where every voice has been heard and public trust in our police services is stronger than ever.”

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