Hamilton Police confirm an increase in vehicle thefts and are reminding people to heed some crime prevention tips.
Police says they received 1,552 stolen auto reports last year, up from 1,453 in 2017.
Light-duty trucks continue to be the most commonly stolen vehicle in Hamilton, with the 2001-2007 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado leading the way.
In total, 1,022 trucks were stolen last year, compared to 486 automobiles and 45 motorcycles.
Among other things, police remind vehicle owners to lock doors, remove valuables from view and park in well travelled and well-lit areas.
Police note that vehicles are stolen for various reasons such as joyriding or use in the commission of some other crime and criminal profit such as stripping parts.
Hamilton Police offer the following tips to help keep your vehicle safe:
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