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***UPDATE*** Auto Theft Prevention Campaign Expands

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is pleased to announce the expansion of an existing a program to help combat auto thefts in the region of Halton.


Project Oxygen began in May (2023) and encourages residents to place third-party trackers (such as an Apple Air Tag, Tile, Galaxy Smart Tag or Atuvos) inside their vehicles. This program initially started with the participation of six dealerships in Oakville (see details provided in initial release below) installing the trackers for residents.


The HRPS has now confirmed the participation of four dealerships in Milton and one additional dealership in Oakville.


The new participating dealerships are:

  • Wallace Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC - 801 Main St E, Milton, ON

  • Team Honda Powerhouse of Milton - 170 Steeles Ave E, Milton, ON

  • Milton Chrysler Dodge Limited - 81 Ontario St N, Milton, ON

  • Milton Toyota, Steeles Avenue East, Milton, ON - 1245 Steeles Ave E, Milton, ON

  • Oakville Honda - 500 Iroquois Shore Rd, Oakville, ON

  • Also of note, Lexus owners who live in Milton can now attend Lexus of Oakville for this service.

  • Lexus of Oakville - 1453 North Service Rd W, Oakville, ON


Consistent with the launch in May, dealerships have agreed to install trackers for Oakville or Milton residents who own the dealership’s make of vehicle. Note that it is the responsibility of vehicle owners to provide the trackers.


Please contact your dealership directly for more information and to book an appointment.


***ORIGINAL RELEASE***


Auto Theft Prevention Campaign Launches in Oakville


The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has launched a new initiative to help combat auto thefts in the Town of Oakville.


Aftermarket GPS trackers contribute to the recovery of approximately 40% of stolen vehicles in Oakville, and police hope their broader use will reduce auto thefts and lead to even more recoveries. Project Oxygen encourages residents to place third-party trackers (such as an Apple Air Tag, Tile, Galaxy Smart Tag or Atuvos) inside their vehicles.


Tracker tools utilize technology to relay the location of a stolen vehicle to its rightful owner. Armed with this information, police are in a better position to recover the vehicle and make an arrest(s).


The key to success is the location of the aftermarket tracker in the automobile. While a thief may become aware of the presence of an aftermarket tracker, a well-hidden device or one placed in a hard to reach location will give police valuable time to locate the stolen vehicle or cause the thieves to abandon the stolen vehicle.


To help with these efforts, the following dealerships in Oakville have agreed to install trackers for Oakville residents who own the dealership’s make of vehicle. Note that it is the responsibility of vehicle owners to provide the trackers:

  • Oakville Toyota (2375 Wyecroft Rd)

  • Lexus of Oakville (1453 North Service Rd West)

  • Oakville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (270 Oak Park Blvd)

  • South Oakville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (175 Wyecroft Rd)

  • Budds’ Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC (410 South Service Rd)

  • Budds’ Imported Cars Jaguar Land Rover (227 Wyecroft Rd)


Please contact your dealership directly for more information and to book an appointment.


A well-hidden aftermarket tracker has been proven to be successful in locating stolen vehicles and arresting thieves involved in auto theft. HRPS encourages all Halton residents to consider placing trackers in their vehicles, in conjunction with these other auto theft prevention tips:


  • Park your vehicle in a locked garage

  • Block the exit of a potential target vehicle with a second vehicle parked behind it

  • Install an on-board diagnostic blocker/protector

  • Use of a steering wheel lock device

  • Home security cameras on the exterior of the residence

  • Install a kill switch in your vehicle

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