A rash of vehicle thefts overnight Tuesday into Wednesday has Haldimand OPP on the hop.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning OPP responded to King Avenue in York after a citizen reported they were awakened by a loud noise.
Thieves had stolen a grey 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche that was locked and parked in their driveway. There was a number of power tools in the bed of the truck. It was last seen heading west on Haldimand Rd over the bridge in York.
The same day, a 2005 black Ford F250 diesel pickup, also locked and parked, went missing from the driveway of a Concession 1 home in Cayuga. It had a fifth wheel in the bed of the truck.
A short time later, OPP were called to an address on Haldimand Road 9 in York where a 2008 John Deere X360 riding lawn mower had been stolen from a garage on the property.
And, Wednesday evening, OPP responded to a Rainham Road address in Dunnville after a citizen reported their vehicle was stolen. The black 1999 GMC Yukon Denali had been locked and parked in the driveway.
OPP reminds the public to report any suspicious persons or vehicles in their communities and to follow a few simple precautions to reduce the risk of being a victim:
Always roll up your vehicle’s windows, lock the doors and pocket the key. Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running. If you have a garage, use it and lock the door as well as your vehicle. Always park your vehicle in a well-lit area whenever possible
Never leave your car keys in plain view or in an easily accessible area. Keep your vehicle registration certificate and proof of insurance on you at all times. Don’t leave these documents in your glove compartment. Never leave valuable objects or packages in full view. Put them in the trunk.
Give only your ignition key to a parking attendant. Keep all other keys with you.
OPP is asking anyone who may have any information regarding any of these incidents to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1- 800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.