Theft from vehicles

  • Don't leave personal identification, vehicle registration or insurance certificates, or credit cards in your vehicle.
  • Remove valuables and shopping bags from view. This includes loose change and electronic devices such as Ipods, cell phones and GPS navigation systems.
  • Never leave your vehicle running and unattended.
  • Always close windows all the way and lock the doors.
  • Park in well lit areas with pedestrian traffic. Park your vehicle facing the street. Anyone tampering with it is more likely to be seen.
  • Engrave your vehicle registration number on the stereo system, wheel rims, tools, etc.
  • Don’t hide spare keys in your vehicle — they can be found. And never put your name or address on your house or car keys.
  • If you have a garage, use it. Lock both the vehicle and garage.
  • Consider installing anti-theft devices.

If your vehicle has been stolen or broken into…

Report the theft to the police online or by calling 613-236-1222 ext 7300. The police will need a complete description of your vehicle. Keep the following information saved in a safe place:

  • Year
  • Make
  • Model
  • Colour
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Plate number
  • Ignition key number
  • Insurance company
  • Policy number
  • Telephone
  • Any outstanding features, dents, scratches
  • Contents of the vehicle (e.g., stereo system)