After safely exiting the vehicle, take your belongings and lock it.


(ESPANOLA, ON) – The Manitoulin-Espanola Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a series of thefts from vehicles in the Town of Espanola, Ontario that occurred over night between October 25 and October 26, 2018.

It only takes seconds for a theft to occur. Police do not want you to lose items in your vehicle you worked hard to own. Items such as loose change, purses and wallets, electronic devices, or any items of value should be removed from your vehicle whenever you park it for any length of time. If for some reason you must leave these items, conceal them so that they do not tempt “would-be” thieves from taking them.

Police recommend some of these crime prevention strategies to reduce the possibility of being victimized:

• Lock your vehicle. Completely close all vehicle windows when parked.

• Don’t leave any valuables in your vehicle in plain view.

• If you have to leave your vehicle on the street, lock it and park it in a well-lit area.

• Engrave expensive accessories so that the thief will have difficulty disposing of them.

• Keep your driver’s license and vehicle registration with you, in your wallet or purse.

• Never leave your vehicle keys in plain view.

If you happen to be outside after dark and see people in your neighbourhood acting suspiciously, please report it to police. Your neighbourhood may be a target for thefts from vehicles.

Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for these thefts should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at to where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.





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