Leduc RCMP notice an increase in motor vehicle theft

Leduc, Alberta – With colder weather approaching, Leduc RCMP are reminding citizens to ensure they don’t leave their vehicles running or unattended for any period of time.

The police understand the desire to warm up vehicles in the cold weather, but it takes a short time for your vehicle to be stolen. When comparing Jan – Sept. 20, 2021 to Jan – Sept. 20, 2022 there was a 78% increase in theft of motor vehicles with the most frequently stolen vehicle being trucks, which accounted for 62% of thefts in 2022. From Jan. – Sept. 20, 2022, 27% reported having left keys in their vehicle.

(File photo) Vehicle Theft
(File photo) Vehicle Theft

“This intelligence based information tells us that some stolen vehicles are additionally used in the commission of other crimes including break and enters, dangerous driving and flight from police” says Constable Cheri-Lee Smith. “If everyone can take steps to reduce the number of vehicle thefts by following some crime prevention strategies, motor vehicle thefts will be greatly reduced.”

In an effort to prevent any further theft of vehicles, the RCMP are reminding the public of the following vehicle safety tips:

· Park in a secure well-lit location

· Never leave an idling vehicle unoccupied, even when it is locked

· Use a remote starter and keep your vehicle locked

· Use a steering wheel lock to deter thieves

· Never leave children in an unattended running vehicle

· Never leave spare keys or garage door openers in or around your vehicle

· Always lock the door leading from the garage to your vehicle

· If your keys are lost or stolen, change your locks immediately

Leduc RCMP encourage the public to report any suspicious activity to police. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, 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.

Leduc RCMP

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