Hamilton Mountain residents urged to lock their vehicles

News Apr 27, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

A considerable number of Mountain residents are leaving their vehicles unlocked in their driveways making their contents a potential target for thieves.

Division 30 crime manager Myra James says police volunteers fanned out across the Mountain and other parts of the division in February and March as part of the Lock It or Lose It crime prevention program.

James said the volunteers wearing fluorescent vests and ID checked the doors of parked vehicles, mostly in residential areas.

Autos that were found to be locked were checked off in the pass box of the brochure that was left on each windshield, while vehicles that were not locked got a failing checkmark.

On the east-central Mountain, James said volunteers checked 650 vehicles and found 559 or about 86 percent were locked, while on the west Mountain 397 vehicles were checked and 288 or about 73 percent were locked.

“It tells me people are being more conscientious about locking their vehicles, but still those numbers can improve,” said James who noted theft from vehicles is often a crime of opportunity that goes unreported.

“We need to get the word out (to victims of theft from autos) to report so that we can identify these areas, these clusters where there is crime going on,” James said

If anyone has had their vehicle entered, James urges them to report it by calling call 905-546-4925 and following the prompts.

She noted if anyone sees their vehicle being entered or any other crime in progress, they should call 9-1-1.

James said the east-central Mountain had the second highest rate of locked vehicles behind Binbrook at 87 percent.

In Dundas, police volunteers found 75 percent of the vehicles they checked to be locked along with 70 percent in Ancaster and 79 percent in Flamborough-Waterdown.

Division 30 crime manager Myra James says police volunteers fanned out across the Mountain and other parts of the division in February and March as part of the Lock It or Lose It crime prevention program.

James said the volunteers wearing fluorescent vests and ID checked the doors of parked vehicles, mostly in residential areas.

Autos that were found to be locked were checked off in the pass box of the brochure that was left on each windshield, while vehicles that were not locked got a failing checkmark.

On the east-central Mountain, James said volunteers checked 650 vehicles and found 559 or about 86 percent were locked, while on the west Mountain 397 vehicles were checked and 288 or about 73 percent were locked.

“It tells me people are being more conscientious about locking their vehicles, but still those numbers can improve,” said James who noted theft from vehicles is often a crime of opportunity that goes unreported.

“We need to get the word out (to victims of theft from autos) to report so that we can identify these areas, these clusters where there is crime going on,” James said

If anyone has had their vehicle entered, James urges them to report it by calling call 905-546-4925 and following the prompts.

She noted if anyone sees their vehicle being entered or any other crime in progress, they should call 9-1-1.

James said the east-central Mountain had the second highest rate of locked vehicles behind Binbrook at 87 percent.

In Dundas, police volunteers found 75 percent of the vehicles they checked to be locked along with 70 percent in Ancaster and 79 percent in Flamborough-Waterdown.

Hamilton Mountain residents urged to lock their vehicles

Cops say compliance rate varies 73-86 percent

News Apr 27, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

A considerable number of Mountain residents are leaving their vehicles unlocked in their driveways making their contents a potential target for thieves.

Division 30 crime manager Myra James says police volunteers fanned out across the Mountain and other parts of the division in February and March as part of the Lock It or Lose It crime prevention program.

James said the volunteers wearing fluorescent vests and ID checked the doors of parked vehicles, mostly in residential areas.

Autos that were found to be locked were checked off in the pass box of the brochure that was left on each windshield, while vehicles that were not locked got a failing checkmark.

On the east-central Mountain, James said volunteers checked 650 vehicles and found 559 or about 86 percent were locked, while on the west Mountain 397 vehicles were checked and 288 or about 73 percent were locked.

“It tells me people are being more conscientious about locking their vehicles, but still those numbers can improve,” said James who noted theft from vehicles is often a crime of opportunity that goes unreported.

“We need to get the word out (to victims of theft from autos) to report so that we can identify these areas, these clusters where there is crime going on,” James said

If anyone has had their vehicle entered, James urges them to report it by calling call 905-546-4925 and following the prompts.

She noted if anyone sees their vehicle being entered or any other crime in progress, they should call 9-1-1.

James said the east-central Mountain had the second highest rate of locked vehicles behind Binbrook at 87 percent.

In Dundas, police volunteers found 75 percent of the vehicles they checked to be locked along with 70 percent in Ancaster and 79 percent in Flamborough-Waterdown.

Division 30 crime manager Myra James says police volunteers fanned out across the Mountain and other parts of the division in February and March as part of the Lock It or Lose It crime prevention program.

James said the volunteers wearing fluorescent vests and ID checked the doors of parked vehicles, mostly in residential areas.

Autos that were found to be locked were checked off in the pass box of the brochure that was left on each windshield, while vehicles that were not locked got a failing checkmark.

On the east-central Mountain, James said volunteers checked 650 vehicles and found 559 or about 86 percent were locked, while on the west Mountain 397 vehicles were checked and 288 or about 73 percent were locked.

“It tells me people are being more conscientious about locking their vehicles, but still those numbers can improve,” said James who noted theft from vehicles is often a crime of opportunity that goes unreported.

“We need to get the word out (to victims of theft from autos) to report so that we can identify these areas, these clusters where there is crime going on,” James said

If anyone has had their vehicle entered, James urges them to report it by calling call 905-546-4925 and following the prompts.

She noted if anyone sees their vehicle being entered or any other crime in progress, they should call 9-1-1.

James said the east-central Mountain had the second highest rate of locked vehicles behind Binbrook at 87 percent.

In Dundas, police volunteers found 75 percent of the vehicles they checked to be locked along with 70 percent in Ancaster and 79 percent in Flamborough-Waterdown.

Hamilton Mountain residents urged to lock their vehicles

Cops say compliance rate varies 73-86 percent

News Apr 27, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

A considerable number of Mountain residents are leaving their vehicles unlocked in their driveways making their contents a potential target for thieves.

Division 30 crime manager Myra James says police volunteers fanned out across the Mountain and other parts of the division in February and March as part of the Lock It or Lose It crime prevention program.

James said the volunteers wearing fluorescent vests and ID checked the doors of parked vehicles, mostly in residential areas.

Autos that were found to be locked were checked off in the pass box of the brochure that was left on each windshield, while vehicles that were not locked got a failing checkmark.

On the east-central Mountain, James said volunteers checked 650 vehicles and found 559 or about 86 percent were locked, while on the west Mountain 397 vehicles were checked and 288 or about 73 percent were locked.

“It tells me people are being more conscientious about locking their vehicles, but still those numbers can improve,” said James who noted theft from vehicles is often a crime of opportunity that goes unreported.

“We need to get the word out (to victims of theft from autos) to report so that we can identify these areas, these clusters where there is crime going on,” James said

If anyone has had their vehicle entered, James urges them to report it by calling call 905-546-4925 and following the prompts.

She noted if anyone sees their vehicle being entered or any other crime in progress, they should call 9-1-1.

James said the east-central Mountain had the second highest rate of locked vehicles behind Binbrook at 87 percent.

In Dundas, police volunteers found 75 percent of the vehicles they checked to be locked along with 70 percent in Ancaster and 79 percent in Flamborough-Waterdown.

Division 30 crime manager Myra James says police volunteers fanned out across the Mountain and other parts of the division in February and March as part of the Lock It or Lose It crime prevention program.

James said the volunteers wearing fluorescent vests and ID checked the doors of parked vehicles, mostly in residential areas.

Autos that were found to be locked were checked off in the pass box of the brochure that was left on each windshield, while vehicles that were not locked got a failing checkmark.

On the east-central Mountain, James said volunteers checked 650 vehicles and found 559 or about 86 percent were locked, while on the west Mountain 397 vehicles were checked and 288 or about 73 percent were locked.

“It tells me people are being more conscientious about locking their vehicles, but still those numbers can improve,” said James who noted theft from vehicles is often a crime of opportunity that goes unreported.

“We need to get the word out (to victims of theft from autos) to report so that we can identify these areas, these clusters where there is crime going on,” James said

If anyone has had their vehicle entered, James urges them to report it by calling call 905-546-4925 and following the prompts.

She noted if anyone sees their vehicle being entered or any other crime in progress, they should call 9-1-1.

James said the east-central Mountain had the second highest rate of locked vehicles behind Binbrook at 87 percent.

In Dundas, police volunteers found 75 percent of the vehicles they checked to be locked along with 70 percent in Ancaster and 79 percent in Flamborough-Waterdown.