The snowmobiles were both stolen overnight while left outside next to the owners’ houses. The OPP said officers were also investigating the attempted theft of some vehicles under similar circumstances in the region.
In a statement, the OPP asked snowmobile owners to be vigilant if their vehicles were stored outside when not in use. “Extra precautionary measures should be considered such as securing the equipment and of course, leaving snowmobiles in well-lit area, preferably visible to neighbours,” the statement said. “If possible, use a locked garage or compound to park your snowmobile overnight. The use of surveillance cameras installed in proximity could assist police in a theft investigation.”
Anyone with information about the thefts was asked to contact the Hawkesbury OPP at 613 632 2729 or 1 888 310 1122.
Meanwhile, those venturing out onto the ice were warned to take care as spring approached. The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs asked snowmobilers to take care and personal responsibility for their own safety and wellbeing, as well as to check the status of local trails before heading out.
Other residents, including those who went ice fishing, were asked to let somebody know of their whereabouts and when they planned to return. “If you are missing, rescue crews can narrow their search and potentially save your life,” the OPP said in a statement. “If you are missing, rescue crews can narrow their search and potentially save your life.”