The RIPTB ( Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-De Blainville) launched on April 12th a project to counter vehicle theft. The territory covered by the Régie de police, as everywhere in Quebec, has experienced a significant increase in vehicle thefts over the past year. Since January 1, 2022, the RIPTB has counted several dozen vehicle theft files. This phenomenon is not local and targets the entire Quebec territory.
Thus, several collaboration and partnership initiatives between police forces are underway. Nevertheless, the RIPTB wished to put forward local actions in order to prevent thefts on its territory.
Proactive strategies: actions put in place
“Among these actions, the neighborhood agents will go directly to the citizens who own the targeted vehicles and a personalized awareness document will be given to them. A prevention kiosk was held at Place Rosemère on April 14 from noon to 4 p.m., additional police presence will be deployed in shopping center parking lots, a rigorous proactive strategy analysis is carried out daily and finally, several actions and investigative steps will be carried out during this project” explained Chief Inspector Serge Harvey.
The RIPTB therefore encourages citizens to be vigilant and to put in place preventive measures by reducing the opportunities and risks of theft. Prevention tips directly related to this theft phenomenon:
Be sure to keep your vehicle key away from the front door;
Purchase a special anti-radiation case for your car key or place your keys in a metal box;
Equip your vehicle with an alarm system;
Install an anti-theft bar to block the steering wheel;
Equip your vehicle with a tracking system;
Park your vehicle in a garage or in a well-lit area;
Leave a vehicle behind your vehicle, to make escape harder;
The simultaneous application of several of these tips makes the crime more difficult to commit and thus helps to deter thieves. The RIPTB therefore requests everyone’s cooperation in order to prevent vehicle theft.