Peel - As the cold weather moves in, police are once again reminding citizens about the dangers of leaving a vehicle running while unattended in the driveway.
Every day residents intentionally put themselves in a position where one of their most valuable assets may easily be stolen. Despite many warnings from police, drivers continue to leave their vehicles running, while unattended and unlocked, in order to warm them up. Drivers should be aware that, in these circumstances, it only takes a few seconds for thieves to drive up to your vehicle and steal it.
These crimes have dire consequences for everyone. In many cases the thieves are now in possession of the driver's valuables, including house keys, purses, wallets and briefcases. These crimes also have a broader impact to the community, as they cause increases in insurance premiums and create a potential risk to the public, as a result of criminals operating stolen vehicles on our streets.
These crimes are not only perpetrated by opportunistic thieves looking for a joy-ride. Teams of thieves can conduct surveillance, as the cold weather hits, and make note of those vehicles that may be left running unattended. Many of these cars, particularly newer high-end models, are then shipped overseas to be sold.
Police recommend the following tips to help prevent "warm-up" thefts:
Don't leave your vehicle running and unattended - even in your driveway;
If you must warm up your car, use a remote starter or use a spare key with no other important keys attached to it. Lock the vehicle with your main set of keys;
Park the vehicle in a place which is easily visible to you from inside your house;
Install a bright motion activated light in your driveway; and
Never leave identification or valuable items in your vehicle when it is running while unattended.
An unattended running vehicle is an easy target. A warm-up theft is one of the most preventable and avoidable crimes. Together we can work toward eliminating this crime and make Peel a safer community.
Mississauga - Investigators from the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau have located a missing 16 year-old Mississauga teen, Robert CAPOVILLA.
Robert CAPOVILLA had been missing since Saturday December 4, 2010, when he left his Mississauga residence for reasons unknown.
On Sunday, December 5, 2010, Robert CAPOVILLA was located in the Toronto area by Toronto Transit employees who recognized him from media coverage. He was found in good health and there are no indications of foul play.
Peel Police would like to thank the media, members of the public and also neighbouring Police agencies for their assistance in this matter.
Peel - Officers from the Commercial Auto Crime Unit would like to alert the public about a significant theft of Sony Playstations and gaming equipment from the Brampton area.
On Monday, November 15, 2010, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a 1998, 53 foot, STRI light blue trailer was parked on Eastern Avenue in Brampton. The trailer has the inscription "Werner" printed in yellow on the side and a Nebraska licence plate of 85619. The trailer load contained just under $500,000.00 worth of Sony products, including PS3 and PSP games and consoles.
On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a 1998, 53 foot, STRI White trailer was parked on Eastern Avenue in Brampton. The trailer has the inscription "XTRA LEASE" printed in maroon on the side and an Ontario licence plate of T62046. The trailer load contained just over $500,000.00 worth of Sony products, including PS3 and PSP games and consoles.
On Wednesday November 17, 2010, at approximately 6:45 p.m., the victim attended Eastern Avenue in order to deliver the trailers to their destination. The trailers were missing and have since been reported stolen.
Total value of theft of the Sony products is estimated at over 1 million dollars.
The Peel Regional Police would like to remind members of the public that, not only is it a criminal offence to steal property, it also a criminal offence to be found in possession of stolen property.
Anyone approached about the sale and/or purchasing of Sony products, or who has any information on this case, should contact the Peel Regional Police Commercial Auto Crime Unit at 905-453-3311 extension 3313. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.
Mississauga – Investigators from the Major Collision Bureau are looking for a suspect after a 23 year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle, which subsequently fled the scene.
On Thursday, September 17, 2010, at 11:06 p.m., the victim was out walking with a friend, near the intersection of Creditview Road and Kenninghall Boulevard. Upon reaching this intersection the two began to cross Creditview Road.