(File photo by Advocate staff)

(File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer RCMP warn residents of gasoline thefts

Residents should report all suspicious activity

Red Deer RCMP have received seven reports of holes drilled into vehicle gas tanks, or cut gas lines, to steal gasoline since March 31.

Police said vehicles that were targeted generally had higher ground clearance, which provides access to the gas tank.

“We are watching this new trend closely. Given the current price of gasoline, and the potential for prices to continue to rise throughout the spring and summer, we anticipate these thefts may continue,” said Cpl Mike Evans.

“We need residents to report suspicious activity to police; if something doesn’t feel right, let us know so we can look into it.”

To deter criminals, police recommend parking in well lit areas, when possible park in a garage or secure area, and ensure that home security cameras are operational.

People can register their security cameras with Red Deer RCMP’s CAPTURE registry which helps police identify suspects if a crime occurs. Registrants are also given decals so unwanted visitors are made aware of surveillance cameras in the area.

“If someone notices their gas tank has been vandalized, they should call our non-emergency line to report the issue right away. Don’t move the vehicle, but do your best to contain any spills until emergency responders arrive to assist with clean up,” Evans said.

Residents are asked to report all suspicious activity, particularly unfamiliar people or vehicles, especially at night to the police non-emergency line at 403-343-5575, or online at https://ocre-sielc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/alberta.

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