Kingston Police are reporting that they have received multiple complaints regarding vehicle thefts over the past month throughout the city.
These thefts are “heavily” targeting newer-model vehicles with “push-button start ignitions,” police said.
“Suspects are using electronic devices to open and start vehicles, which are often parked in residential driveways,” Kingston Police said in a press release on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022.
“Most recently, Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee models have been targeted, however police have received reports of newer model Dodge/Chrysler vehicles, Ford F-150s, [and] Honda CR-V’s being targeted.”
In the first week of October of this year, Kingston Police said multiple vehicle thefts had occurred in the west end of the city, also seemingly with thieves employing this methodology. However, looking at the Kingston Police Crime Mapping Tool, it appears over 30 reports of vehicle thefts have occurred in the last month.
Kingston Police suggest residents protect their vehicles by parking them in a garage, if possible, or using a steering wheel lock when their vehicles are parked. Police said they are “reminding the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour they witness. Residents can do so by calling Kingston Police at 613-549-4660, or dialing 911 if immediate assistance is required.
“Residents are also encouraged to view the Kingston Police Crime Mapping Tool that can be accessed through our website” Kingston Police said.
“To further community awareness and improve accessibility to calls-for-police-service occurring in the community, Kingston Police has merged Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology with police calls-for-service data for user-friendly public consumption.”