Spruce Grove, Alberta – During the winter months, up to 50% of all stolen vehicles are running, unlocked, and have keys in them. Parkland RCMP would like to see a change in this trend.
RCMP remind residents to lock their vehicles. Stealing a running vehicle is a crime of opportunity. Criminals know that people will leave their vehicles running and unlocked. They go vehicle to vehicle until they find one that is unlocked. In a mere second, a vehicle can be taken and potentially there are opportunities for other crimes to be committed including identity theft and other frauds. The thief may have access to your address, garage door opener, house keys and any other information that states your identity.
Installing a remote starter in your vehicle, having a spare key or using a steering wheel locking device are just some of the ways you can warm up your vehicle and reduce the chance of your vehicle being stolen.
• Keep your vehicle locked at all times.
• Never leave your vehicle running while unattended.
• Don’t keep your garage door opener in your car. This could give thieves easy access to your house and valuables.
• Don’t keep vehicle registrations and other identification documents in the vehicle. They are used to steal your identity. (You can provide photos of insurance)
Anyone with information about property crimes or stolen vehicle investigations is asked to contact the Parkland RCMP at 825-220-7267 or your local police detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
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