Stolen Vehicle Prevention
Motor vehicle thefts have become a prevalent target for organized crime groups across the province. The Cornwall Police Service (CPS) is asking for public to assistance to help prevent these thefts from occurring, as well as be an added set of eyes and ears to police.
Please call 613-932-2110 if your vehicle is stolen or if you see any suspicious vehicles or persons in your neighbourhood.
Call 911 if you witness a crime in progress or a dangerous situation.
Theft Prevention Tips:
Many vehicle thefts are involving higher-end or newer-model vehicles with keyless entry and push start technology. These vehicles are often stolen directly from residential driveways, usually during the overnight hours.
- If possible, park the vehicle in a locked garage.
- If you have more than one vehicle, park the second vehicle of lesser value tightly behind the other motor vehicle to block it in your driveway.
- Consider purchasing a steering wheel locking device or an onboard diagnostic port (OBD) locking device (prevents thieves from reprogramming the vehicle’s key fob).
- Consider leaving keys in a container that will block the keyless FOB’s signal, such as a Faraday bag
- Never leave your keys inside of your vehicle or unattended.
- Lock your vehicle at all times.
- Consider purchasing video surveillance for your residence.
- Inspect your vehicle regularly for any potential tracking devices.
Additional Vehicle Safety Tips:
- Always lock all of your vehicle's doors and windows after entering and exiting it.
- Never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running, even for a few seconds. Turn off the ignition and take the keys with you.
- Vehicle Contents:
- Never hide a spare key in your car or outside your residence
- Never leave personal identification or valuables in your vehicle
- Remove tech and other removable accessories from view when not in your vehicle
What to do if you are a victim:
If you are a victim of a theft of a motor vehicle that occurred in the City of Cornwall, call 613-932-2110 to report it. Call 911 if you witness a crime in progress or a dangerous situation.
If you have any video surveillance footage of the theft, this may help police with the investigation.
If you are a victim of a theft FROM a motor vehicle, please report the theft online.