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Alberta RCMP offers tips to prevent vehicle thefts

Alberta RCMP is offering tips to people to prevent vehicle thefts throughout the province.
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There have been around 4,500 reported thefts from a motor vehicle and just over 5,000 vehicles reported stolen so far this year in Alberta, according to RCMP. (Advocate file photo)

Alberta RCMP is offering tips to people to prevent vehicle thefts throughout the province.

“Summers in Alberta are often a busy time, with everyone out and about enjoying the warm weather. With everyone spending more time outdoors, this can also lead to an increase in theft of, and from, vehicles,” Alberta RCMP said in a media release on Friday.

Thus far this year, in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions:

  • May (857), March (790), and June (750) were the top three months for vehicle thefts.
  • June (778), May (766), and July (670) were the top three months for thefts from vehicles.

In total this year, there have been around 4,500 reported thefts from a motor vehicle, and just over 5,000 vehicles were reported stolen. Trucks have been the most commonly stolen vehicle, RCMP noted.

“Simple habits and routines can greatly reduce your chances of being a victim of vehicle related thefts,” said police.

Police are offering the following crime prevention tips to help people this summer and throughout the year:

  • Always make sure to lock your vehicle.
  • Never leave keys or garage door openers in your vehicle.
  • Never leave important documents with personal identifying information in your vehicle.
  • Ensure all valuables are removed or out of sight. This includes shopping bags, loose change, sunglasses, and any electronics.
  • Do not leave your windows open when you leave your vehicle.
  • If possible, store your vehicle in a locked garage when not in use.
  • Park your vehicle in well lit areas and within sight. If you’re unable to park in a locked garage, keep outdoor lights on for added security.

This August, RCMP will be using the Twitter hashtag “#AutoRoutine” to provide information on how to keep vehicles safe this summer.

Anyone who sees something suspicious is encouraged to report it to their local police service.

“If you see a crime in progress, call 911,” said Alberta RCMP.

To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the P3 Tips app.



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