There’s a big problem with car thefts up in Canada . . . and not just from parking lots and public streets.  It’s apparently armed thieves breaking into people’s homes, and demanding their keys.

And the police in Toronto have some unusual advice.  At a recent community meeting, one constable said, “To prevent the possibility of being attacked in your home, leave your [key] fobs at your front door . . .

“They’re breaking into your home to steal your car.  They don’t want anything else.”  (!!!)  (Really?  How does he know?  Is this one, known crew with an established M.O.?  The “We’re Just Here for Your Car Keys” Gang?)

In the meeting, he seemed to be speaking to mostly elderly folks, which makes some sense . . . like, okay, avoid a violent confrontation . . . but still, how is this the best option?

There’s also a video that’s going viral in Canada, of someone who left a sign on their car saying, “Dear Mr. Robber, please do not break my car window.  The door is open.  Have a great day.”  There are water bottles on the seat inside.

I know people in Canada are polite, but this MUST be fake.  (People in the comments suggest this IS a local tactic, but others say that if your car DOES get stolen, an insurance claim could be denied if you leave your doors unlocked.)


(The Drive / BlogTO)


(Here’s video from the community meeting.)

(This is too absurd to dissect, but I have to ask:  How would an intruder know . . . in a dark, middle-of-the-night break-in . . . that YOU are someone who left their keys out for them?)

(Do you leave a nightlight on next to the hook . . . with a sign that says, “Here are the car keys.  Ignore the small one, that’s just the mailbox.  Also just a heads-up that there’s a clunking sound . . . I think it might be a problem with the drive-train . . . but I haven’t had a chance to take it in”?)