Lo­cal res­i­dent re­ports break-ins as a fre­quent oc­cur­rence

Thornhill Post - - News -

Car break-ins is one of the most com­mon forms of crime af­fect­ing res­i­dents in Thorn­hill and Rich­mond Hill.

“Based on sta­tis­tics alone, there has been an in­crease of about 32 per cent of car break-ins in the last year,” said Thorn­hill Woods res­i­dent Rom Koubi in re­gard to his neigh­bour­hood.

Koubi him­self had his car bro­ken into as well.

“My cam­eras im­me­di­ately turn on the lights, and the car started yelling be­cause it was opened with­out the fob next to it, and then we have a video of a kid that runs away,” he said.

Koubi also said that only 10 per cent of the car break-ins that have oc­curred are forced break-ins, such as a bro­ken win­dow.

“I’m hear­ing a lot about peo­ple that their car was bro­ken into, yet there’s no phys­i­cal en­try, mean­ing that their door was left un­locked,” he said.

Steve Kee, of the In­sur­ance Board of Canada, says that mak­ing sure your ve­hi­cle is locked is a pri­or­ity.

“A lot of peo­ple will leave their ve­hi­cles and they just don’t lock them, and it makes it easy for some­one to break in,” he said.

An­other tip he of­fers is, “Out of sight, out of mind.” Kee rec­om­mends re­mov­ing any valu­ables from the ve­hi­cle or putting them in a place where the thief can­not see them.

“If some­one is go­ing to break in, they’re go­ing to look in a cou­ple of places. They’re go­ing to look usu­ally up where the vi­sors are. They’re go­ing to look in the con­sole, and they’re prob­a­bly go­ing to check your glove­box,” said Kee. “It’s time and op­por­tu­nity. I don’t know if they’re go­ing to have the time to start search­ing un­der your seats or in your side pan­els, but again, if it’s in the line of sight, there’s a chance that it makes you more of a vic­tim.”

Theft un­der $5,000 de­creased from 1,827 in 2016 to 1,775 in 2017 in District 2, re­sult­ing in a de­crease of 2.8 per cent.

Rom Koubi had his car bro­ken into

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