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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Rising Number of Vehicle Break-ins

Please note, we are continuing to see an increase in the number of vehicles being broken into. There have been 7 Thefts from Vehicles reported in the last week.

This follows on the heels of a report we received last week of thieves caught on home security cameras potentially using a device to scan for nearby key fobs — which allows thieves to unlock vehicles without setting off the alarm. Such devices may be used to scan for key fobs from outside the home but their range is still limited. The best defence against this is to keep your keys in an RF-shielded bag or do not store them near the entrances to your home (within range of such devices).
“Just wanted to let you know we had 2 cars in the driveway broken into overnight. From the camera it looks like 2 young men wearing masks have some sort of scanner to unlock the doors — we have now moved the keys away from near the back door and filed a police report.”

We have also received similar reports last year.
“This is the same method thieves in Etobicoke used to steal our vehicle in June 2017. They used a similar device to unlock it without alarm going off. They didn’t just drive our car out of the driveway. They drove it into our backyard where they had already moved our trampoline to turn it around and drive across our front lawn diagonally because our other car was in front of the one they stole.”

For more tips on minimizing the risk of key fobs being picked up by handheld scanners, please see our report on Minimizing the Risk of Keyless Vehicle Theft.

For more information on minimizing the risk of your vehicle being stolen, please refer to the Toronto Police website on Crime Prevention and Community Safety (Auto Theft).

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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