Thefts from vehicles rising in Red Deer

Red Deerians are being warned about escalating number of cases of theft from vehicles.

Red Deerians are being warned about escalating number of cases of theft from vehicles.

Red Deer City RCMP are reporting overnight thefts from vehicles. Culprits are targeting locked and unlocked vehicles, with valuables in the line of sight.

Spokeswoman Cpl. Sarah Knelsen said the cases are being reported in residential areas throughout the city.

The thefts have been rising in the last couple of weeks, she said.

Some common items being taken are: money; wallets and purses; cellphones, laptops, electronic equipment, briefcases and other personal documents.

As a preventive measure, RCMP encourage residents to do the following: remove ignition keys; lock windows and keep them closed; remove extra keys; remove valuables or hide them out of sight; remove garage door openers; lock all doors leading to home or exterior from garage; consider locking overhead garage doors at night; disable overhead garage doors if going away. Plus, park in sensible places, avoiding unlit areas at night.

Red Deer city RCMP and Neighbourhood Watch encourage people to get to know their neighbours, watch for suspicious activities; and report all suspicious activities.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call RCMP at 403-343-5575 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com.

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