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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR VEHICLE HAS BEEN STOLEN

  • Make sure your vehicle was stolen, not towed or repossessed. If you were not parked illegally and have been making payments on your car, it is safe to assume your car was stolen.

  • Call 204-986-6222 to report the date, time and place of theft. Give police information such as the license number, make, model, color, value and year of your vehicle.

  • Notify Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) of your insurance claim at 204-985-7000.

  • If you recover your vehicle on your own, notify the police immediately. This will avoid you being pulled over for driving a stolen vehicle.

WHAT A CAR THIEF LOOKS FOR

  • High volume parking areas with easy entry and exits such as parking lots.

  • Vehicles parked in poorly lit locations away from public view.

  • Keys in the vehicle ignition or in plain view inside the vehicle.

  • Vehicles left unlocked and/or windows open.

  • Valuables left in plain view inside your vehicle.

  • Vehicles left running.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO TO PROTECT YOUR VEHICLE & PROPERTY

  • If you have a garage, park your vehicle inside.

  • Remove or disconnect the vehicle battery and remove licence plates on your vehicle if you will be parking it for prolonged periods.

  • Don't leave your garage door opener on the dashboard or visor. Put it in your glove box, hide it, or take it with you. Thieves can use this and the address on your vehicle registration to break into your home.

  • Keep your driver's license and vehicle registration with you. The documents reveal your address and can be used by a thief to target your home for a break and enter.

  • Car keys left at home (or at your business) should always be hidden. This will help prevent the theft of your vehicle if your home (or business) is broken into.

  • If you wish more information or have any questions about preventing Auto Theft, please contact the Winnipeg Police Service Community Relations Unit at 204-986-6322.

 


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