Officers from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating five new vehicle thefts in the Bolton area.
In the early morning hours of April 5, 2022, five Toyota vehicles (three Highlanders and two 4Runners) were stolen from residential driveways where they were parked for the night.
One of these thefts was captured by video surveillance and shows two male suspects entering a vehicle and leaving shortly thereafter. A few minutes later, two different males entered the vehicle again, and then left. Approximately 35 minutes later, the two original males are seen returning to the vehicle and one enters and drives the vehicle away while the other male leaves the scene on foot. Video captures are included on this release. We are aware of the poor quality; but sometimes a minor detail can assist in identifying a suspect.
Once in a vehicle and connected to its data port, thieves are able to retrieve vehicle information. The data is then taken to another location where a new key fob is created. They then return with a new fob able to start your vehicle and drive away.
Another methodology used is what is referred as “relay thefts”. Technology is used to boost the signal from the fob you have in your residence. That signal is used to unlock your vehicle, start the engine, and drive away.
Included on this release is a photograph of equipment that was recently seized by police and can be utilized to carry out these types of thefts. (Photograph Courtesy of Barrie Police Service)
Below is a list of crime prevention measures that offer protection from both practices above:
• Ensure your vehicle keys are kept well away from doors and windows;
• Use a signal blocking pouch – they can block your key fob from transmitting its code to the vehicle as the pouch is lined with layers or metallic material;
• Turn off the keyless fob wireless signal at night – refer to your car manual for instructions;
• Use a steering wheel lock or car alarm – this could add a significantly delay or be a deterrent for thieves;
• Consider a secondary audible car alarm – which works by using sensors placed in different points of your vehicle;
• Park in the garage (if possible); and,
• Insert a car tracker – unusual activity is monitored and car can be tracked using GPS if stolen
If you can identify any of the suspects or have any information regarding this or other incidents, please contact the Caledon OPP Street Crime Unit at 905-584-2241 or toll-free at 1-888-310-1122. You can also provide information anonymously by contacting Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.peelcrimestoppers.ca. When you contact Crime Stoppers, you stay anonymous, you never have to testify, and you could receive a cash reward of up to $2000 upon an arrest.
Call 911 if you observe any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.
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