(MIDDLESEX, ON) - The Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently conducting a theft related investigation that was reported at an industrial building located on the 5600 block of Egermont Drive, Middlesex Centre. Police have learned that during the early morning hours of March 30th suspects gained entry to the property and removed a quantity of catalytic converters from the parked, company vehicles. The suspects were captured on video operating a dark coloured SUV at the time of the incident.
Police are continuing to investigate all leads in relation to this investigation and are seeking the public's assistance in identifying those responsible for these needless acts.
The Middlesex OPP wants to remind the public that if you see anything suspicious you should contact the Ontario Provincial Police or your nearest police authority. The OPP can be reached anytime, anywhere in the Province of Ontario at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.
Police want to remind the public that crime prevention is up to us all. Below is a list of tips that can be used to keep your property safe:
•Remember to always remove valuables from plain view. If the property cannot be removed, secure it in the trunk or other unseen locations within your vehicle prior to reaching your destination.
•Remember to lock your vehicle, day or night and always secure your residence; including garage doors and outbuildings.
•Remember that thief's are always looking for an easy target.
•Along with securing your property, always make sure to record the make, model and serial numbers of your items in case they are stolen.
•If you are a victim of a theft, report it to the police and provide the serial numbers, this information can be helpful in locating or recovering the property.
•If there is no serial number, creating unique marks or engravings on the item can be helpful when identifying your property.
•Use motion detectors, lights and vehicle alarms, which can be a deterrent to those responsible for committing thefts of vehicles or thefts from vehicles.
•Conduct a walk around of your property to ensure that all exterior lighting is working property. If it is broken make the necessary repairs.
•Complete repairs to damaged property including windows and fences. Show that you have pride in your property and care what happens to it.
•If you have a home security system, always use it. Contact your system provider to ensure that all emergency contacts are up to date with current phone numbers and dependable people who will respond when called.
•Be a good neighbour, share information and look out for each other's property.
•Be sure to report any suspicious activity or incidents to police immediately. Your information may help to interrupt a potential crime, help to identify a crime trend, suspect, or prevent further crimes.
Further information and tips can be located at www.opp.ca under the Crime Prevention Section.