The Sherbrooke Police Service (SPS) calls for caution due to the increase in car thefts. Since the beginning of 2023, there are already nine.
An increase in car theft was observed in 2022 in Sherbrooke. According to SPS statistics, 108 thefts occurred that year, compared to 77 the previous year.
New SUVs are highly sought after. Of the 9 vehicles stolen in 2023, four are Honda CR-Vs from 2019 to 2022. There are also two 2022 Jeep Wranglers, two 2019 and 2021 Dodge Rams and a 2022 Honda Pilot.
“We are talking about a well organized network, who knows where to steal and which car. This network targets specific vehicles,” explained Sherbrooke Police Service (SPS) spokesperson Martin Carrier. A 58-year-old suspect was also recently arrested for attempted theft car and night raids.
To prevent this situation, the authorities invite citizens to keep their car keys away from the main entrance. It is also recommended to light well in front of the residence.
A couple from Sherbrooke, who live in the Ascot district, had an eventful night, from Tuesday to Wednesday. Vanessa Tardif’s husband caught thieves trying to steal their 2021 Dodge Durango, which was in their parking lot.
“Around 2 am my boyfriend went to sleep on the couch. […] We have a 5 month old baby. My baby had a bad night. […] He hears something that grabs our trash can, said the resident of Sherbrooke. He realizes that there are two people trying to steal our car.
Vanessa Tardif’s husband then left his home to follow the criminals. The suspects ran towards a Yaris parked a few meters away. The couple eventually contacted the police.
“For them [les voleurs], it was easy. They are equipped to capture the code of our keys, then unlock [la voiture]said Mrs. Tardif.
Since these events, Vanessa Tardif takes more precautions. It shakes our sense of security, even if we know it is not connected to us,” he concluded, inviting people to be vigilant.