WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Police continue to see a rise in vehicle break-ins throughout the downtown core.
Downtown Safety Coordinator, Const. Rejeanne Caron tells Global News, break-ins are opportunistic and therefore preventable.
“There is a lot of people that work downtown, we have people who access sporting events, they come down for school,” said Const. Caron.
Police have released a list of some helpful tips.
Secure your car
- Park your car in a well-lit and secure area
- Park off the street in your driveway if you don’t have a garage
- Park in a locked garage if possible
Remove all valuables
- Do not leave any valuables in your vehicle. Take them with you if possible
- If not, secure your items in your trunk without being seen
- Do not leave personal documents such as your registration or driver license in your vehicle as it can identify where you live and/or be used for identity theft
- Portable electronics are an especially easy target
Lock your Vehicle
- Lock your vehicle doors – always physically check to make sure it is locked
- Close all windows, including your sunroof
- If you have an alarm system, activate it every time you leave the vehicle – even if you are away for a couple of minutes
- Tradespeople – lock external tool boxes and equipment if they can’t be removed
Winnipeg Police are also urging you to report incidents to police if you are a victim of a break-in.
“We take that information very seriously,” said Const. Caron. “We have our crime analysis look at the data – they chart it and we look at that very, very seriously on a weekly basis.”
If the incident is not in progress and the theft is under $5,000, you can make a police report through online reporting on their website.