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'Tis the season to freeze out thieves

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 03:26 PM EST

20041123_warmup.jpgIt might be a cooler way to start your morning but police are warning drivers not to leave their cars running unattended in the driveway.

The Major Crime Task Force of Special Investigation Services, urges motorists to keep a watchful eye on their vehicles despite the colder weather.

Thieves will case high-end vehicles idling in driveways on chilly mornings and swoop in when unsuspecting motorists scamper back inside the comfort of their homes.

"It is not a random incident when these cars are stolen," Det. Jim Gotell said.

Leaving the vehicle running with an automatic starter or with the doors locked also gives thieves a window of opportunity.

"They specifically go in these neighbourhoods and look for these high-end vehicles."

Stolen luxury vehicles are having their Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) changed and then exported from Canada.

"The same people who target the homes for break and enters in warmer seasons will target the cars in colder climates," Gotell said.

Gotell also urges people to keep valuables out of sight especially during the holiday shopping season.

Source: Toronto Police Service

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