Penetanguishene Residents - REMINDER - DON'T BE A VICTIM OF "LOCK IT OR LOSE IT"

FROM: Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment DATE: March 15, 2023

(PENETANGUISHENE, ON)- Members of the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind motorists again to LOCK their vehicles when they park them and secure your home or apartment when you either leave for the day or retire for the evening.

Between the hours of 1:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. March 15, 2023 entry was attempted to a number of vehicles parked in driveways along Murray Road, Penetanguishene. Several of these vehicles were not locked so the lone male suspect wearing all dark clothing removed personal effects from these unlocked vehicles along with the ashes of a family member in a zip lock bag.

Vehicle owners and drivers are urged to secure their vehicle prior to leaving it and also to remove or put out of sight any valuables that may be in the vehicle. (View the following video link) It is seems be a regular occurrence for officers to receive a report of a vehicle entry or a series of entries only to learn the vehicles were left unlocked or locked with valuables left out in plan sight causing an forced entry and theft. These types of thefts can lead to the loss of credit cards and other pieces of personal identification which can be used in fraud related occurrences.

For more information please view the following websites-

About the Lock It or Lose It Program

Lock it or Lose it: English

À propos du programme de prévention du vol d'automobiles Verrouillez-la!

Lock it or Lose it: French

OPP officers urge home and business owners to make themselves aware of the property security tips found in the following link- OPP SafeGuard Ontario Property Security Program  .

Anyone who may have information of a property crime is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122, or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit your anonymous information online at You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka on Twitter or Facebook.

The loss of your property may only be the beginning!


Media Contact

Provincial Constable David Hobson


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