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Shoppers urged to be smart

No one wants to get back to their cars and find out all their recently-purchased Christmas presents have been taken.

Red Deer City RCMP and the Alberta Motor Association have issued information highlighting several tips for smart holiday shopping so vehicles and their contents don’t end up on thieves’ wish lists this Christmas season.

Suggestions include keeping vehicles locked at all times and never leaving the engine running while the vehicle is unattended, even if the doors are locked; keeping the vehicle clean and empty, either taking all valuables with you or putting them out of sight in the trunk; parking in well-lit, open areas; and being on the lookout for suspicious activity.

As well, if you’re dropping off shopping bags and heading back for more, move your vehicle because you never know if you are being watched; steering wheel locks, alarms and “All Valuables Removed” placards warn thieves not to waste their time.

Don’t lead thieves into your home either — keep your spare key, garage door opener and insurance/registration with you so a vehicle theft doesn’t turn into a home robbery.

Police say items such as purses, computers and smart phones are at the top of thieves’ wish lists, but small items such as loose change or personal documents are still desirable for pilferers.



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