Are you locking up? Collingwood OPP investigate 43 vehicle break-ins in 2 months

Vehicle owners are being asked to stay vigilant about locking up, after police in Collingwood have been called to more than 40 vehicle break-ins over the past two months.

According to Collingwood OPP, thieves have swiped a number of items from vehicles, including purses, wallets, cash, and credit cars. In the majority of those incidents, the vehicle had been left unlocked.

According to police, locking your vehicle is the best way to prevent this type of incident.

Police say other crime prevention tips include removing valuables from the vehicle, or removing them from plain sight, closing windows, not leaving the car running and unattended, and parking in a well-lit area.

Recently, Collingwood and The Blue Mountains Auxiliary OPP officers conducted a Lock it or Lose it initiative, distributing crime prevention pamphlets in residential neighbourhoods. During those patrols, they found several unlocked vehicles, some with windows down and many with valuables in plain sight.

“All those combined make those vehicles very easy targets for thieves and explains why this type of crime keeps repeating itself,” stated a release from the detachment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Collingwood OPP at , or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at . You can also leave an anonymous tip online at o.