Alberta RCMP has said there is a decrease in Theft of Motor Vehicles as compared to previous years.
In February 2023, there were 544 Theft of Motor Vehicles (a 12% decrease from 616 in February 2022) and 517 Theft from Motor Vehicles (a 20% decrease from 647 in February 2022).
In 2023, there were a total of 8,710 Theft of Motor Vehicles (3% decrease from 8,946 in 2022) and 7,824 Theft from Motor Vehicles (13% decrease from 9,029 in 2022).
Despite this decrease, it’s still important to note that theft is still prevalent in some areas, and there are actions that we can all take to keep our vehicles secure.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Always keep your doors locked when you are not in the vehicle, especially if it is running.
- Never leave your keys in your vehicle.
- Be sure to remove all valuables, and store purchases in your trunk until you get home.
- Use a steering wheel club.
- Always keep your garage locked, and do not store your garage door opener in your vehicle.
- Whenever possible, park in a well-lit area.
- Consider installing a vehicle tracking system.
Earlier last month Strathmore RCMP participated in Operation Cold Start.
Officers were out on patrol looking for vehicles that were left idling, unattended, and unlocked.
Then they were to contact the owner of the vehicle to engage in a conversation about vehicle safety and educate people on what to do instead to prevent their car from being a target of theft.
"Whether you're letting your car warm up or leaving it running at the gas station, anytime keys are left in the vehicle and the doors are unlocked, it creates an opportunity for auto thieves,” said Strathmore Sargent Mark Wielgosz.
RCMP recommends using command start, if possible, but if your vehicle isn't equipped with it, try to leave the vehicle in a visible and well-lit area and ensure it is locked.
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