Each business day for the next few weeks, Halifax Regional Police will take to their Twitter and Facebook pages to report every instance of theft from a motor vehicle that takes place in HRP jurisdiction in the previous 24 hours.
The intent is to educate the public on the frequency of this crime and the importance of locking doors and concealing or removing valuables from unattended vehicles.
“Thefts from motor vehicles have been an on-going issue in HRM,” explains Chief Frank Beazley. “Our hope with this initiative is to show citizens just how frequently this crime is occurring, offer tips on how they can decrease their chances of becoming a victim of theft, and ultimately change behaviours.”
This isn’t the first initiative in HRP’s quest to curb thefts from motor vehicles. An ad, which includes the slogan “Don’t be a target” accompanied by theft prevention tips, has been running on a number of Metro Transit buses since early June.
Community Response Officers also distributed car air fresheners with similar messaging in areas that have been targeted by thieves.