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Theft from vehicles

The most common reason that a vehicle may be chosen for theft is that the owner or passengers forget to lock their doors. Often, it is the simple acts of prevention that make the biggest difference to whether your car is broken into, or not.

The Ottawa Police Service offers many safety tips to help you protect your vehicle and its contents:

  • Always lock the doors and roll up the windows tightly
  • Remove valuables, shopping bags and loose change from view
  • Park in well lit areas with pedestrian traffic and facing the street
  • If you have a garage, use it and remember to lock both the vehicle and garage
  • Don’t leave personal identification, vehicle registration, insurance certificates or credit cards in your vehicle

If your car is broken into or stolen, call the police immediately. Learn more about how to protect the contents of your vehicle and your vehicle from theft.