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Threatening Letters Distributed in Halton, Sophisticated car thefts


Threatening Letters Distributed in Halton, Sophisticated car thefts

​The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is warning the public of a new extortion letter scam that is taking place in Halton Region (similar letters have also been distributed throughout the Greater Toronto Area).

The HRPS has received multiple complaints about the same letter. This letter is typed on a computer and tells victims that a person in their life has hired the writer to harm them in some way. The writer offers to deny this request to harm them in exchange for a payment of Bitcoin from the victim. The suspect then promises to reveal the identity of the person who wants to harm them.

These extortion letters can be convincing, are often tailored to an occupant of the residence, and arrive by Canada Post.  Police warn this is a scam.

Police are urging residents not to follow the instructions in the letter and not to send a payment of Bitcoin. If you receive this letter and would like to report it to police, please contact our non-emergency line at 905-825-4747.

If you have fallen victim to this scam and made a payment in Bitcoin, please contact police.The HRPS is investigating the source of these letters.

Meanwhile, The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is investigating a number of recent personal vehicle thefts in the Town of Oakville.

Car thieves are targeting particular makes and models. They range from 2017 – 2020 Lexus vehicles included models RX350 and GX460, Toyota Highlander and Land Rover Ranger Rover model. The targeted vehicles were removed from residential driveways between the hours of 11:00 pm and 5:00 am.

Similar thefts are occurring throughout the GTA. These vehicles are in high demand overseas and often shipped to North Africa, Asia and Europe. These vehicles typically have no tracking capability from the manufacturer or dealership, making recovery difficult once the vehicle is stolen.

The majority of the thefts are committed utilizing a signal relay device. It appears that the technology used may be accessing the signal transmitted by the vehicle’s key fobs. Once inside the vehicle, the suspects are able to start the vehicle and drive away within minutes of their arrival at the residence.

A review of available security video shows suspects approaching the residences on foot, and then utilizing a device to defeat the vehicles’ security systems. We are encouraging you to implement the following vehicle theft prevention tips:

Park your vehicle within a locked/secure garage as the majority of the vehicles are stolen from residential driveways

If a garage is not accessible, park another vehicle behind it in the driveway to act as a physical barrier to its removal

Lock the data port using a simple device that can be purchased online and blocks access to the computer port where thieves gain access to reprogram the vehicle’s keys

Invest in an aftermarket global positioning system tracker or have one installed by the dealer, as it may assist in recovery of the vehicle if it is stolen

Ensure your unattended vehicle(s) are locked and secure

Never leave spare keys in your vehicle

Never leave spare keys outside of your residence

When not in use, place vehicle keys inside a radio frequency shielding bag/pouch to block cell signals

Equip your vehicle with an alarm

Use other devices to deter thefts (e.g. steering wheel locking device)

Consider purchasing a quality video surveillance system and ensure your cameras are properly placed and functioning for 24-hour use

Community safety is a shared responsibility. Help keep communities safe and immediately report any suspicious activity.

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