Residential driveways being targeted for vehicle thefts in Mississauga: Police

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Peel police are notifying the public about a string of vehicle thefts in which residential driveways in Mississauga are being targeted.

Police say they’re investigating ongoing thefts of Lexus RX and Toyota Highlander models, and have investigated over 80 stolen vehicle incidents since October.

“Suspects are attending residential driveways, where they use a device to obtain software from the vehicle,” said police.

“The suspects then leave the area where they reprogram a key fob with the acquired software information and return shortly after, stealing the car. When they leave the area, it is in tandem with the vehicle in which they arrived.”

The thefts occur anytime between 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Police are asking the public, especially those who own the mentioned models, to pay attention to suspicious activity and use preventative measures such as the use of motion sensor lights, video surveillance, alarm systems, and a steering wheel locking device.

“Where possible, park your Lexus or Toyota in front of the second vehicle on the driveway,” police have advised.

Anyone with information or dashcam video related to these thefts is asked to call investigators at 905-453-2121, ext. 1133.

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