11 Division advises:
Theft of portable global positioning systems from autos
There have been a number of thefts from autos in 11 Division where the primary target of the crime was a portable global positioning system or GPS. Most of the thefts have occurred in the area surrounding High Park Avenue. It is important to remember not to leave valuables of any kind in your vehicle. This includes not only global positioning systems but also laptops, cell phones, wallets, purses, briefcases, cash or identification including vehicle ownership and insurance. Even leaving the suction cup mounting system for the GPS on the windshield may cause the criminal to believe something of value has been left in your car. Although nothing of value may be available to be stolen the subsequent cost of repairs to broken car windows and the inconvenience caused to you makes it advisable to remove all such accessories from sight. This is true even if the vehicle is parked in an underground garage.
If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, while shopping for example, please ensure all items are locked in the trunk.
Personal safety and theft prevention are always important things to keep in mind but extra effort should be made during times, like the festive shopping season when people are often distracted or in a hurry. Remember many crimes are crimes of opportunity. Criminals are people watchers and they are mobile.
Always be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen. Walk with a purpose and confidence. Do not overburden your hands with parcels. Have your car keys ready and available to unlock your vehicle. Have your car keys and house keys on different key rings.
When parking your vehicle always lock it and roll up the windows. Never l eave the vehicle running while unattended. You should try and park in areas that are both well lit and well travelled. Never leave a spare key in the vehicle. Before getting into your parked car look into the front and rear compartments.
All crimes should be reported to the police immediately. Hesitate only long enough to ensure your safety.
All suspicious events and people should be reported to the police immediately. Confrontation with suspicious people or suspected criminals is not recommended.
If a crime has occurred do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence. Note the description of any suspicious person and the licence plate of any suspicious vehicle.
General Toronto Police Contact Information
911 – Should be used for the following emergencies
* Crime in progress – situations where the safety of people or property are at risk
* Medical emergency
416-808-2222 – Should be used for non-emergency situations
416-222-TIPS – Crime Stoppers – report anonymously to police any information regarding a crime or online at www.222tips.com