Local resident reports break-ins as a frequent occurrence
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