Guelph police are seeing a rise in automobile thefts and are urging drivers to take each precaution when parking their vehicles.
Since April, automotive thieves have stolen vehicles in Guelph 33 instances the place the thief merely used the automotive’s keys to get away.
Police mentioned widespread errors by drivers embody: leaving vehicles working, placing keys in one other unlocked automobile within the driveway or in unlocked garages, and leaving the keys themselves in unlocked garages. In some circumstances, the keys have been left in a public locker.
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Const. Buzz Dean referred to as it a “crime of opportunity.”
“We have to do what we can to minimize those opportunities,” Dean mentioned. “It doesn’t seem like a big issue that we’d have to have this conversation, but it’s happening in our community.”
On Friday at 2:30 a.m., a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe was left working whereas the driving force went into a neighborhood espresso store. When he got here out, the automobile was gone.
Within an hour the SUV was discovered deserted, however this isn’t all the time the case.
“(There’s) eight or 10 incidents in the last month alone where police have attempted to, either approach or stop a suspected (stolen) motor vehicle and the driver simply accelerates away from police, and dodges in and out of traffic, and doesn’t show any regard for the public around them,” Dean defined.
He mentioned thieves know police will not pursue stolen vehicles if it places the general public in danger.
There have additionally been three incidents not too long ago the place officers prevented harm by dodging a stolen automobile that’s being pushed in direction of them.
A 24-year-previous lady was struck and killed by a stolen automobile that fled at a RIDE spot examine in December 2015.
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“It’s like having a loaded gun,” Dean described. “I don’t think anyone would argue that the potential for someone in that mindset, whose only desire is to evade police and not to get arrested, is just not the same.”
Guelph police will likely be launching Project Century within the coming days in an effort to goal the theft of vehicles and people who steal them.
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