A warning from Ottawa Police regarding a rash of theft from vehicles in the city. The suspects are either opening unlocked car doors or breaking windows to gain access. Since the start of the year, there have been more than 16 hundred reported thefts from vehicles throughout the city and over half of those happened within downtown Ottawa.
Police say thieves are literally going door to door looking for an unlocked vehicle, and once they gain entry, they go through the entire car, including the trunk. Officers stress it isn’t enough to hide items in the console or under the car seats because the thieves are just that thorough.
If you notice someone acting suspicious around parked vehicles or if you see someone trying car doors – please call police and report it at 613-236-1222. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or by downloading the Ottawa Police app. (OPS news release)