Stony Plain/ Spruce Grove/ Enoch RCMP re­mind pub­lic to not leave run­ning ve­hi­cles unat­tended

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

Stony Plain/ Spruce Grove/ Enoch RCMP want to re­mind the pub­lic to not leave their ve­hi­cles unat­tended while they are run­ning.

As the weather gets colder, the RCMP are urg­ing ci­ti­zens to be care­ful when warm­ing up their ve­hi­cles. Ve­hi­cles that are left run­ning and un­locked out­side of homes, cof­fee shops, or even gas sta­tions make easy tar­gets for crim­i­nals. It takes less then 30 sec­onds for some­one to sit in the driver’s seat and take off. These ve­hi­cle thefts are crimes of op­por­tu­nity and are of­ten pre­ventable.

The fol­low­ing ad­vice is pro­vided by the Stony Plain RCMP to help pre­vent ve­hi­cle theft and re­duce crime:

1. Do not leave ve­hi­cles run­ning. If you must leave it run­ning, con­sider us­ing a club-like de­vice or a re­mote starter to de­ter thieves.

2. Lock your ve­hi­cle. Most ve­hi­cle thefts and thefts from ve­hi­cles oc­cur to ve­hi­cles that are left un­locked.

3. Re­move all valu­ables from your ve­hi­cle. Out of sight, out of mind ap­proach.

4. Report any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity you might see in your neigh­bour­hood. This is an ex­cel­lent way to help re­duce crime within the com­mu­nity.

5. Try to park your ve­hi­cle in well-lit ar­eas. Turn on your res­i­den­tial ex­te­rior lights and help light up the area.

If you have in­for­ma­tion about any crime, please call the Stony Plain/ Spruce Grove/ Enoch RCMP at 780-968-7267 or call your lo­cal po­lice. If you wish to re­main anony­mous, you can con­tact Crime Stop­pers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by in­ter­net at www.tip­sub­mit. com, or by SMS (check your lo­cal Crime Stop­pers www.crimestop­pers. ab.ca for in­struc­tions).

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