Lock it up this holiday season

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

As the holidays approach, everyone is busy shopping for the holidays and visiting family and friends. It's a time for sharing and giving - but, police warn, it's also a perfect time of year for taking.

After a recent five per cent spike in car thefts, Hamilton police remind residents to take a moment and think about protecting the valuables in their car.

"It really comes down to common sense," said acting Sgt. Diego Mejia. "Our statistics show 50 per cent of all thefts in the past months are personal properties from vehicles."

Police are blaming the rise in the cost of living for the new rash of robberies.

"The popular items to steal now are gasoline and licence plates," said Mejia. "The price of gas is high, and many people are avoiding getting their emissions test because of cost and find it easier to steal plates and stickers."

There are some simple and inexpensive ways to ensure your car is not targeted.

"Many products make protecting your vehicle easy," said John Skirving, owner of Centre Mall's Canadian Tire store. "We sell locking gas caps starting at $10 each and licence plate covers which prevent the loss of stickers."

Skirving also suggests investing in a steering column bar to stop thieves from taking off with your vehicle.

Crime stats show an increase in vehicle theft during the Christmas shopping season, making mall and arena parking lots easy targets for criminals.

"We see a spike in theft this time of year because parents are taking their kids to hockey arenas and being complacent by leaving behind purses and wallets in the car while dragging sporting bags and equipment inside," said Mejia.

"And many people get tired of carrying presents around in the mall so they throw them in the car and keep shopping," he added. "It's important they store all packages in the trunk. Shopping malls are buffets for criminals."

Hamilton police suggest drivers follow these tips all year long:

Lock all doors and windows.

Park in a well-lit area.

Keep insurance and ownership in your wallet - not in the car.

Put packages and valuables out of sight, in the trunk, before parking your car. These include such items as cellphones, digital cameras, CDs and DVD players, sports equipment and clothing.

If your car has a button release, keep the trunk button locked.

Lock it up this holiday season

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

As the holidays approach, everyone is busy shopping for the holidays and visiting family and friends. It's a time for sharing and giving - but, police warn, it's also a perfect time of year for taking.

After a recent five per cent spike in car thefts, Hamilton police remind residents to take a moment and think about protecting the valuables in their car.

"It really comes down to common sense," said acting Sgt. Diego Mejia. "Our statistics show 50 per cent of all thefts in the past months are personal properties from vehicles."

Police are blaming the rise in the cost of living for the new rash of robberies.

"The popular items to steal now are gasoline and licence plates," said Mejia. "The price of gas is high, and many people are avoiding getting their emissions test because of cost and find it easier to steal plates and stickers."

There are some simple and inexpensive ways to ensure your car is not targeted.

"Many products make protecting your vehicle easy," said John Skirving, owner of Centre Mall's Canadian Tire store. "We sell locking gas caps starting at $10 each and licence plate covers which prevent the loss of stickers."

Skirving also suggests investing in a steering column bar to stop thieves from taking off with your vehicle.

Crime stats show an increase in vehicle theft during the Christmas shopping season, making mall and arena parking lots easy targets for criminals.

"We see a spike in theft this time of year because parents are taking their kids to hockey arenas and being complacent by leaving behind purses and wallets in the car while dragging sporting bags and equipment inside," said Mejia.

"And many people get tired of carrying presents around in the mall so they throw them in the car and keep shopping," he added. "It's important they store all packages in the trunk. Shopping malls are buffets for criminals."

Hamilton police suggest drivers follow these tips all year long:

Lock all doors and windows.

Park in a well-lit area.

Keep insurance and ownership in your wallet - not in the car.

Put packages and valuables out of sight, in the trunk, before parking your car. These include such items as cellphones, digital cameras, CDs and DVD players, sports equipment and clothing.

If your car has a button release, keep the trunk button locked.

Lock it up this holiday season

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

As the holidays approach, everyone is busy shopping for the holidays and visiting family and friends. It's a time for sharing and giving - but, police warn, it's also a perfect time of year for taking.

After a recent five per cent spike in car thefts, Hamilton police remind residents to take a moment and think about protecting the valuables in their car.

"It really comes down to common sense," said acting Sgt. Diego Mejia. "Our statistics show 50 per cent of all thefts in the past months are personal properties from vehicles."

Police are blaming the rise in the cost of living for the new rash of robberies.

"The popular items to steal now are gasoline and licence plates," said Mejia. "The price of gas is high, and many people are avoiding getting their emissions test because of cost and find it easier to steal plates and stickers."

There are some simple and inexpensive ways to ensure your car is not targeted.

"Many products make protecting your vehicle easy," said John Skirving, owner of Centre Mall's Canadian Tire store. "We sell locking gas caps starting at $10 each and licence plate covers which prevent the loss of stickers."

Skirving also suggests investing in a steering column bar to stop thieves from taking off with your vehicle.

Crime stats show an increase in vehicle theft during the Christmas shopping season, making mall and arena parking lots easy targets for criminals.

"We see a spike in theft this time of year because parents are taking their kids to hockey arenas and being complacent by leaving behind purses and wallets in the car while dragging sporting bags and equipment inside," said Mejia.

"And many people get tired of carrying presents around in the mall so they throw them in the car and keep shopping," he added. "It's important they store all packages in the trunk. Shopping malls are buffets for criminals."

Hamilton police suggest drivers follow these tips all year long:

Lock all doors and windows.

Park in a well-lit area.

Keep insurance and ownership in your wallet - not in the car.

Put packages and valuables out of sight, in the trunk, before parking your car. These include such items as cellphones, digital cameras, CDs and DVD players, sports equipment and clothing.

If your car has a button release, keep the trunk button locked.