Police & the Community


Lock It OR Lose It Campaign Launches Province Wide for the Holiday Season

Lock It OR Lose It Campaign Launches Province Wide for the Holiday Season
December 7th, 2017 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police Service is reminding motorists and passengers to Lock It OR Lose It when it comes to their vehicles and valuables as part of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) annual Lock It OR Lose It campaign.

Ontario police services are launching this year’s Lock It OR Lose It campaign during the holiday season because it’s easy to be distracted and leave vehicles unlocked or valuables in plain sight during the holiday hustle-and-bustle. The Barrie Police Service will use Lock It OR Lose It notices throughout the year as part of our on-going crime prevention efforts.

During the Lock It OR Lose It campaign, police officers, auxiliary officers, and crime prevention personnel examine parked vehicles in public places such as shopping malls, public parking lots, commuter parking lots etc. to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. They place a small notice on vehicles checked indicating what safety precautions were neglected and offer simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. The notices also congratulate drivers who have secured their vehicle.

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, on average, a car is stolen every seven minutes in Canada with about 79,000 stolen last year alone.  An experienced car thief can steal a car in as little as 30 seconds.  By simply securing your vehicle and placing valuables out of sight you are making it far more difficult for criminals to steal the vehicle or its contents.

Vehicle owners can do simple things to decrease the risk of being victimized such as:

  • Never leave a running vehicle unattended
  • Lock your doors
  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Keep your keys close to your person so you are aware of their location at all times
  • At night or during extended parking periods, always park in a well-lit area

Motorists and passengers are also urged not to keep personal documents such as vehicle ownership, liability pink slips, credit card invoices, or other documents containing personal information in their vehicles. Identity thieves are looking for such documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export, and even take out a mortgage against victims’ properties without their knowledge.