Thefts from unlocked vehicles in driveways south of the QEW have increased: Police saying Lock it or Lose it

Crime 100By Staff

October 15th, 2020



Residents in southern Burlington – south of the QEW, are reported to be getting a little sloppy about locking their cars at night.

The younger criminal set are finding they can steal small change and at times electronic equipment from unlocked cars.

HRPS crestHalton Police are reminding residents to Lock it or Lose it: there has been a recent increase in overnight thefts in the city, especially south of the QEW.

Over the past few weeks, a significant rise in theft incidents from vehicles has been reported to police. The reported incidents have occurred during the overnight hours and involve thieves entering unlocked vehicles to steal loose change and other valuables from inside.

The latest rash of incidents has occurred across the City, but thieves have been primarily targeting Burlington’s south end, south of the Q.E.W.

As police continue to investigate these crimes, we would like to remind and are urging Burlington residents to remain vigilant by keeping watch for suspicious vehicles and or persons in their neighbourhoods and to report it immediately to police.

Police are reminding the public of the following prevention tips:

Ensure your unattended vehicle(s) are kept locked/secure
• Never leave personal identification or valuables in your vehicle
• Park in well-lit and attended areas whenever possible
• Never leave spare keys in your vehicle
• If you have to leave valuables in your vehicle, lock them in your trunk. Don’t tempt thieves by leaving packages or purses in plain view or on the seat.
• Remove garage door openers, G.P.S. navigation, cell phone devices and power cords from your vehicle if possible or at the least, removed from view
• Consider installing C.C.T.V. / Surveillance cameras which can capture the crime and aid in suspect identification
• Ensure residences and garages are locked when absent from the home or turning in for the night

Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2316. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at

For additional information about community concerns in Burlington, follow us on Twitter @HRPSBurl. Additionally, for the latest crime data, crime prevention tips, news releases and general information – visit the Service’s website

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1 comment to Thefts from unlocked vehicles in driveways south of the QEW have increased: Police saying Lock it or Lose it

  • Ben

    I am unable to understand, why people still leave their vehicles unlocked…it seems so basic….(like switching off your engine)….police resources are already stretched, and they probably need to direct their attention to more urgent matters….those responsible should be more accountable, and lose their valuables etc…..too bad…a lesson learned : the hard way, the best way.
    My humble opinion.