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Police urge caution amidst multiple vehicle break-ins

BARRIE, ONT. —
Police are urging caution after a string of, though not connected, thefts from vehicles, the most recent in Bradford overnight Saturday.

According to the South Simcoe Police Service, several thefts from vehicles were reported on Saturday between midnight and 4 a.m. Officers say it happened in the area of Rogers Trail to Langford Boulevard north of Line 8 in the Dreamfields subdivision.

Police confirm that multiple vehicles were entered and items were stolen.

This latest incident comes as OPP in Orillia reminds the public of its Lock it or Lose it Campaign, following multiple thefts from vehicles in Oro-Medonte. Police say on May 12, there were three reports of vehicles that had been entered overnight in the Ridge Road and Line 7 south area.

The May 12 incident is one of 19 similar from January to March.

“With those types of crimes, we find when we get one reported, we normally get numerous,” said Constable Ted Donglemans. “It’s the type of thing that happens in groups.”

Donglemans said they are “crimes of opportunity” and can be lucrative, with many leaving cash or credit cards in their vehicles. In the past, these stolen credit cards have been used in cases of identity fraud.

Police say it’s important to leave your vehicle in a well-lit area, using motion-sensitive lights if possible and not to leave garage door openers visible, as this can potentially lead a thief to break into a home.

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