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Al­berta RCMP re­ports de­crease in mo­tor ve­hi­cle theft dur­ing pan­demic

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Al­berta RCMP is happy to re­port a de­crease in thefts of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and thefts from a mo­tor ve­hi­cle dur­ing the pan­demic. Quick Facts (Al­berta RCMP ju­ris­dic­tion March-Dec. 2020 com­pared to March-Dec. 2019):

• Ur­ban de­tach­ment ar­eas saw a 27% de­crease in theft from a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and a 26% de­crease in theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

• Ru­ral de­tach­ment ar­eas saw a 29% de­crease in theft from a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and a 21% de­crease in theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle. De­spite th­ese pos­i­tive num­bers, there is still room for im­prove­ment. From March to Dec. 2020 there were over 7,800 theft from mo­tor ve­hi­cle of­fences and over 7,100 theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cle of­fences in Al­berta RCMP ju­ris­dic­tion.

Here are some tips for keep­ing your ve­hi­cle safe:

• Lock the doors

• Re­move all valu­ables

• Use a steer­ing wheel lock

• Lock your garage

• Re­move garage door opener from ve­hi­cle

• Use a ve­hi­cle track­ing sys­tem

• Park in a well-lit area

• Never leave ve­hi­cle run­ning with the keys in­side Fol­low us on Face­book (@RCMPinAl­berta), Twit­ter (@RCMPAl­berta) and #Ve­hi­cleValen­tines (for the month of Fe­bru­ary) for more tips on keep­ing your ve­hi­cle safe.

RCMP en­cour­age the pub­lic to re­port any crim­i­nal or sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to po­lice. Re­ports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to pa­trol in the fu­ture. 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.

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