Police Investigating Numerous Vehicle Thefts in Oakville and Burlington
Police are warning Oakville and Burlington residents to be extra vigilant following a swath of reported vehicle thefts.
Halton police say that within the last week, two Land Rovers thefts from residential driveways were reported in Oakville.
Police allege the vehicles in question were removed between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
Both vehicles were locked and all the keys to the vehicles were accounted for by the owners, police say.
According to police, a 2015 Land Rover SUV was stolen on the night of Oct. 16, 2018, from the driveway of a home in the Ernest Appelbe Boulevard and Dundas Street East area
Police also say a 2013 Range Rover Sport was stolen during the early morning hours of Oct. 23, 2018, from a home in the Duncan Road and Maple Grove Road area.
Police say they previously investigated similar thefts in Oakville and Burlington.
According to police, a 2016 Range Rover was stolen from a driveway in Oakville in July 2018.
In Burlington, a 2016 Land Rover was stolen in May and a 2016 Range Rover was stolen in June, police say. Both incidents occurred in 2018.
Police say security camera footage has shown suspects approaching the residences on foot and then utilizing a device to defeat the vehicles’ security systems.
Police believe the technology used may be accessing the signal transmitted by the vehicles’ key fobs.
Police are reminding the public of the following vehicle theft prevention tips:
- Park your vehicle within a locked/secure garage
- If a garage is not accessible, park another vehicle in front
- Ensure your unattended vehicle(s) are locked and secure
- Never leave spare keys in your vehicle
- Never leave spare keys outside of your residence
- When not in use, place vehicle keys inside a radio frequency shielding bag/pouch to block cell signals
- Equip your vehicle with an alarm
- Equip your vehicle with a GPS tracking device
- Use other devices to deter thefts (e.g. steering wheel locking device)
Police are also reminding residents to report suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods.
Anyone with information about these vehicle thefts is asked to contact Det. Omar Nadim at the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2278 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com.