Holiday Safety Tips from Toronto Police

Toronto Christmas Market

December 2015

Toronto Police wish to remind shoppers to lock their vehicles. The holiday season is prime time for vehicle thefts.

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police operate a “Lock It or Lose It” campaign. Auxiliary police officers examine parked vehicles to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. Officers place a notice on vehicles indicating what safety precautions were neglected and prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft.

  • Protect against identity theft. Do not keep personal documents such as vehicle ownership, liability pink slips, credit card invoices or other documents containing personal information in a vehicle.
  • Remove valuables and shopping bags  from view – this includes loose change and electronic devices such as iPods, cell phones and GPS navigation systems.
  • Never leave your vehicle running and unattended.
  • Close windows and lock the doors.
  • Never leave your car or house keys in your vehicle.
  • Park in well-lit areas with pedestrian traffic.
  • When returning to your vehicle carrying bags, place them in the trunk and then drive away to a different parking spot if shopping is not completed. Thieves notice unattended vehicles that have new purchases.