Yesterday, the Barrie Police Service advised our community about a rash of three overnight pickup truck thefts where thieves focused on Ford F-150’s. We later learned that four additional 2023 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, had also been stolen and reported to Dufferin OPP (two from the Town of Orangeville and two from the Town of Mono).
Unfortunately, late yesterday afternoon, the owner of red 2023 Ford Bronco discovered that it too had been stolen sometime likely overnight. This vehicle was last at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and was left locked and on the driveway of the owners’ home which is located in a neighbourhood just southeast of St. Vincent Street and Osprey Ridge Road. The owner also had both sets of keys, so it is believed that this theft also involved the cloning of a key fob.
This stolen motor vehicle had aftermarket modifications that included 18-inch Fuel rims with 33-inch BF Goodrich All Terrain Tires, a modified exhaust system and amber-coloured headlights.
This is the first known theft involving a Ford Bronco and as a result, Barrie Police is asking owners of these motor vehicles to take precautions against theft. Any motor vehicle can be a target of theft at any time, but again, prevention steps taken today, could prevent you from becoming a victim tomorrow.
Please consider the following to keep your motor vehicle in your driveway and not in the hands of organized crime:
- Park your locked motor vehicle in a locked garage
- Move any key fobs away from front door area and secure in a Faraday bag or Feraday box
- Use a steering wheel locking device or a wheel locking device
- Consider installing an ignition immobilizer
- Use a second motor vehicle and park it close to any identified vehicles
- Utilize tracking devices
- Install security cameras
- Keep exterior lighting on during the overnight hours
- Never leave valuables in your car – secure in your home or in the trunk (or cover them so they cannot be seen)
ALWAYS lock your motor vehicle if it cannot be safely secured indoors even if you you are leaving it only for a brief period of time.
|Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon