Rash of thefts in vehicles in Ottawa

(Ottawa)— The Ottawa Police Service would like to advise the public on the rash of thefts in vehicles in where suspects are either opening unlocked car doors or breaking windows. Since October 1, 2015, there have been 488 reported thefts from vehicles throughout the City. Half of those are within downtown Ottawa.

“Residents are reminded not to leave any valuable items in their vehicle,” said Staff Sergeant Sam Fawaz, Central District Community. “Crimes of opportunity are avoidable by taking simple steps to crime proof yourself. In short, “if you can see it in your vehicle; the thieves can also see it!””

In the event you notice someone acting suspicious around parked vehicles – for example: looking into cars and checking if they are locked or actually opening the doors – please call police and report it. Make the right call.

Find out more on how to reduce the risk of being the victim of thieves with our Safety and Prevention programs.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Ottawa Police’s Call Center at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.


Media Relations Section
Tel: 613-236-1222, ext. 5366

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