Week 42 The Most Ac­tive Week for Auto Theft in Al­berta

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

As the weather cools, auto theft heats up.

In a re­cent RCMP anal­y­sis, the 42nd week of 2017 was the most ac­tive in terms of re­ported auto thefts in Al­berta RCMP de­tach­ments. That is why, in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber, RCMP de­tach­ments across the province will be work­ing with peace of­fi­cers and lo­cal vol­un­teer com­mu­nity groups to re­mind cit­i­zens to se­cure their ve­hi­cles, and to re­move valu­ables and reg­is­tra­tion out of sight.

“Stolen ve­hi­cles are used to com­mit more prop­erty crime, to trans­port il­licit goods and of­ten be­come haz­ards on the road. Pre­vent­ing auto theft is key to our Crime Re­duc­tion Strat­egy and we have seen a de­crease in theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cles be­tween 2017 and 2018. Any­thing cit­i­zens can do to pre­vent and de­ter ve­hi­cle theft will go a long way to­wards re­duc­ing crime, over­all.”

- Supt. Peter Tew­fik, Of­fi­cer in Charge of Crime Re­duc­tion Strate­gies, Al­berta RCMP

“Ve­hi­cle theft is a crime of op­por­tu­nity. We are still find­ing that at least fifty per­cent of ve­hi­cle thefts in Al­berta hap­pen be­cause the keys were in­side or the car was left run­ning.”

- Insp. Mike Lokken, De­tach­ment Com­man­der Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/ Enoch RCMP

“Stolen ve­hi­cles are used by crim­i­nals to com­mit all types of crimes. By sim­ply lock­ing your car, you are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in keep­ing our com­mu­ni­ties safe.”

- Garth Kohl­smith, Pres­i­dent, Al­berta Cit­i­zens On Pa­trol As­so­ci­a­tion

Quick Facts:

• In 2017, an av­er­age of 34 ve­hi­cles per day – a to­tal 12,362 ve­hi­cles – were re­ported stolen in Al­berta RCMP de­tach­ments. This fig­ure is up 32 per cent from 2014 when 8,359 ve­hi­cles were re­ported stolen.

• Last year, the 42nd week of the year was the most ac­tive pe­riod for re­ports of stolen ve­hi­cles.

• Last year, Mon­day morn­ings at 8:00 am were the most ac­tive pe­riod for re­ports of stolen ve­hi­cles.

• From Jan­uary to Au­gust of 2018 – 6,667 cars were re­ported stolen in Al­berta RCMP de­tach­ments. The most pop­u­lar ve­hi­cle type dur­ing this pe­riod? Trucks at 51 per cent.

• Dur­ing the same pe­riod, Al­berta RCMP re­ceived over 7,000 re­ports of theft from a ve­hi­cle.

These are sim­ple steps cit­i­zens can take to pre­vent auto theft. Keep your ve­hi­cle locked at all times. Al­ways close win­dows and lock all doors. 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 IDs in the ve­hi­cle. They are used to steal your iden­tity.

Park in well-lit ar­eas with pedes­trian traf­fic. Hide valu­ables like loose change and elec­tronic de­vices from view. Keep shop­ping bags out of sight.

Help keep Al­ber­tans safe. For more crime preven­tion tips, visit face­book.com/ RCMPinAl­berta or twit­ter.com/RCMPAl­berta.

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