345 cars stolen in the last 30 days in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Georgetown

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Published September 30, 2023 at 12:16 pm

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A concerning surge in car thefts has been reported by Halton Police in Burlington, Oakville, Milton, and Georgetown, with a total of 345 vehicles stolen in the last 30 days.

The area has seen an average of 11 or more motor thefts per day in the last 30 days.

From Sept. 1 to Sept. 30, Halton Regional Police data indicates a combined 345 vehicle thefts were reported across the region — 88 in Burlington, 31 in Georgetown, 10 in Halton Hills, 43 in Milton and 173 in Oakville.

Based off the data, it is unknown how many of the stolen vehicle cases were solved and how many are still under investigation.

The following map shows where this past month’s incidents took place:

Compared to the same time last year ( Sept. 1 – Sept. 30, 2022) the vehicle theft count was sitting at a low number 0f 6 incidents for Burlington, Oakville,  and Milton.

The astonishing rise in carjacking’s may pose a fear among residents that they could be the next victim.

In a recent discussion back in May of this year, the Ontario government announced that it is set to provide $51 million in new measures over three years to help police identify and dismantle organized crime networks and put them in jail.

Although auto theft occurrences happen daily police say, we all share the responsibility in helping  prevent it. If residents notice a theft in progress or see a suspicious person and vehicle in the neighbourhood, they should call 911.

Halton police have released some protective measures that residents could take to lower the chance of their vehicle being stolen:

  • Park your vehicle in a locked garage.
  • Park a second vehicle behind a potential target vehicle.
  • Install an on-board diagnostic blocker/protector.
  • Get a steering wheel lock device.
  • Install GPS tracking device.
  • Install home security cameras on the exterior of the residence.
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