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November 26, 2015: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood; What isn’t there, can’t be stolen.

November 26, 2015: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
What isn’t there, can’t be stolen.

By Cst. Dawn Neilly.

I’m betting that most of you who are reading this own a vehicle of some kind. Or you have regular access to one. And I think it’s safe to say that, if you have a vehicle, there are times when it will be out of your sight but easily visible to and accessible by many others. It’s in a parking lot at the mall or work or it’s parked in the street or even your own driveway. It’s so much a part of your life that you might take it for granted. And everything in it. Like your GPS or the CD you were listening to or the great golf umbrella that is so handy on a rainy day.

To you, your vehicle is a convenience. To someone who is looking to make a fast buck, it’s a godsend. It’s easy to see if there’s anything of even little value in a vehicle, it’s easy to check if the door has been left unlocked, it’s easy to do a smash and grab if it hasn’t been.

I know I’ve tooted this horn before, but it’s a message that bears repeating. As long as it’s worth their while to break into vehicles, would-be thieves will continue to do so. The best deterrents are locked doors and nothing to be seen in the visible interior.

A couple of suggestions: make more use of your trunk. And, if you haven’t already, ask me for an “All Valuables Removed” card that you can display in the driver’s window to make it absolutely clear to any potential thief that your car is not worth bothering about. It isn’t enough for would-be thieves to think that their only opposition is the police. They have to know that the community at large won’t tolerate their actions either. The police plus the community is a much stronger force than police working in isolation.

With Christmas coming up, you’ll likely hear more from me on this topic. I’m willing to address it as often as necessary, but I’d be just as happy to move on to something else if I saw a yellow card in every parked car, or when the calls stop coming in about thefts from your vehicles.

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