(NORTH PERTH, ON) - Members of the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating the theft of a Pickup that occurred sometime during the overnight hours of June 2, 2019 in the Municipality of North Perth.
The pickup, a 2010 Ford F150 King Ranch, white in colour with licence plate 664 5FM was stolen from a rural residence on Line 90.
Below are some simple steps to help reduce the number of stolen vehicles and protect you as the vehicle owner:
Do not leave your keys in your vehicle.
Do not leave your vehicle running.
Lock your vehicle.
Treat your keys like cash - Don't leave keys in places where they are easy to steal such as a gym locker, on your desk at work, in an open purse or unattended in a shopping cart.
Never leave anything in your vehicle in plain view such as loose change, cell phones, cameras, clothing, gifts, cigarettes, medication, firearms or any other valuables.
Install a remote car starter - Remote starters are designed to shut off if anyone attempts to drive the vehicle without a key. This will allow you to warm up your car without risk of theft.
Theft is a crime of opportunity that you can help control -- #PocketYourKeys, #LockItOrLoseIt
"We all want to feel safe in our community. When we hear about or witness crimes in our community, our feeling of safety is compromised. When a vehicle is stolen, the person who stole the vehicle is often planning to commit more crimes using the vehicle, such as break and enter, drug trafficking or human trafficking. Don't give criminals the resources they need to commit other crimes." Inspector Rob Scott, Detachment Commander, Perth County OPP
The incident remains under investigation and anyone who may have witnessed anything is asked to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at http://www.hc-cs.ca/, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.