The Barrie Police Service is again reminding motor vehicle owners to always lock you  motor vehicle when you park it and if you can, immobilize it in order to prevent it from being stolen.

Since Sunday, five motor vehicles have been stolen; four from driveways, and one from a shopping plaza lot. Of the four stolen from driveways, they all appear to have been stolen overnight while the other occurred late yesterday afternoon.

The Barrie Police Service is strongly encouraging the public to take a few minutes and make certain that no spare keys or key fobs are in their motor vehicles and that all keys and fobs are accounted for. Investing in a faraday pouch for key fobs, a steering wheel locking device, an ignition immobilizing device, and even a tire chock lock or parking boot are all ways to help prevent you from becoming a victim of auto theft. If you have the ability to park in a garage, this too is helpful, but don’t forget to lock the car and any doors that may lead in or out of the garage.

The recent thefts involve a 2022 Dodge Durango, a 2022 GMC Yukon, a 2009 Volkswagen Touareg, a 2010 Cadillac DTS, and a 2017 Jeep Compass. In the past, police have also taken numerous stolen motor vehicle reports for make and models that include Dodge Rams, Toyota Highlanders and Lexus RX350’s.

As organized thefts of motor vehicles continue, owners must do more to protect their investment and always secure their vehicles when they leave them. Check and double check that your doors are locked as this is always a good place to start – anything that you can do beyond that would be helpful and may prevent you from becoming the next victim of an opportunistic thief.


Prepared by: Corporate Communications


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