09/14/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/14/2023 13:06
With community safety a top priority for the City of Vaughan, swift action is being taken to fight the growing number of auto thefts in the city and across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
On Aug. 9, Mayor Steven Del Duca and Members of Council launched a new pilot program to distribute key fob protective bags to residents as a measure to help deter criminals. As of today, more key fob protective bags are now available for residents to claim on a first-come-first-served basis at any Vaughan community centre or the Vaughan City Hall welcome desk, while supplies last.
When you come, you will be asked to show your driver's licence with a Vaughan home address and to sign a release of liability form. They will be handed out one-per-person.
Studies have shown that key fob protective bags can block thieves from reading radio frequencies in car key fobs. While the bags are one method to safeguard your vehicle, you are encouraged to do your own research and take the appropriate steps you believe will best protect your property.
Here are some tips from York Regional Police (YRP):
To learn more, visit YRP's Home Security and Protection webpage. If you believe your vehicle has been stolen, contact York Regional Policeto file a report. You should also contact your insurance company to file a claim.
Community safety and well-being is a top-of-mind city-building priority for the City as outlined in the Council-approved 2022-2026 Term of Council Service Excellence Strategic Plan. The City continues to collaborate with key stakeholders, community groups and all levels of government to ensure Vaughan remains a safe place to live, work and visit.
Mayor Steven Del Duca recently wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling on the federal government to urgently modernize Canada's bail system to ensure that dangerous offenders are kept off our streets for committing crimes ranging from gun violence to home break-ins and auto thefts. The Mayor further wrote to Canada's Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino on auto thefts asking what protocols are used by the Canadian Border Services Agency for the screening and/or inspection of exports leaving our country. This correspondence urged the federal government to consider reviewing their processes, in collaboration with Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) police services and other law enforcement partners, to ensure that Canada's approach is consistent with established best practices. As well, the Mayor advocated in a letter to Ontario's Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy for the province to introduce a Home and Vehicle Security Tax Credit to provide savings for people to make critical investments in security devices.