Public Cooperation Sought to Thwart Crimes of Opportunity in the Municipality
Sioux Lookout, ON – The Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is calling for an active public stance to curb the emerging menace of vehicle rummaging in the municipality. A noticeable spike in such incidents, particularly in specified areas, has prompted the police to seek community assistance in preventing these crimes of opportunity.
Increasing Reports: The OPP has been alerted to a growing number of cases where vehicles are being rummaged. The areas predominantly affected stretch south of town from Fanning Avenue to Aspen Drive and extend to the western parts of town between Front Street and Prince Street.
Public Engagement: Residents with any information concerning these incidents are encouraged to reach out to the Sioux Lookout Detachment at 807-737-2020 or the non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122. Video footage or images captured during such events are extremely valuable in aiding the police in pinpointing and apprehending the offenders.
Unreported Incidents: The OPP is also interested in hearing from individuals who’ve fallen victim to such crimes but haven’t reported them yet. The information is vital as officers continue to patrol the municipality, focusing on areas recently targeted to prevent further property crimes. Without adequate information, high-crime zones might go unnoticed and unattended.
Preventive Measures: As part of the mitigation plan, motorists are advised to adhere to the “Lock It or Lose It” program’s guidelines to guard against victimization. The simple yet effective checklist includes:
- Ensuring windows are rolled up, doors are locked, and keys are pocketed upon exiting the vehicle.
- Avoid leaving a running vehicle unattended.
- Never leave keys in the vehicle.
- Opting to park in well-lit areas with good visibility.
- Keeping valuables out of sight by storing them in the trunk.
The Sioux Lookout OPP stresses the importance of community involvement in deterring such crimes. By adhering to the provided safety measures and promptly reporting suspicious activities, the public plays a crucial role in maintaining the safety and security of the Sioux Lookout community.