We’re in the midst of a vehicle theft wave right now. Since October 1, Alberta RCMP have reported 1420 vehicles as stolen. That’s 1420 thefts in our province in as little as 45 days.
According to RCMP, the number of these thefts are so high because many of these stolen vehicles present no challenge at all to thieves. In fact, most of them are usually left running with the keys inside. Once the thief is in, they are getting away in less than a few minutes, making your chances of seeing your car again unlikely.
The RCMP are taking the time now to remind people of the dangers of leaving your cars unattended. Even leaving a car simply running in the garage while you quickly grab last-minute things before heading to work can be a bad idea.
“Although trucks are predominantly the vehicle of choice, don’t forget to secure your other motor vehicles, like quads, tractors and snowmobiles,” said RCMP Corporal Curtis Peters in a news release released to the public. “We have a recent example of a situation where a tractor was stolen and used to ram and disable a police vehicle. These situations are potentially deadly.”
Here’s a few tips courtesy of the RCMP:
- Never leave a running vehicle unattended (common sense, right? But winter is upon us, and it’s a good reminder!)
- Install a remote starter if possible, and always make sure the vehicle is locked while warming up.
- Use a steering wheel lock to deter thieves.
- Never leave children unattended in a moving car.
- Never leave spare keys or door openers around your car either.
- Keyless ignition vehicles aren’t theft proof either. Make sure to keep them off when they’re not in use.
- Lock all main doors leading from a garage to a house, and if keys do go missing, change the security locks as soon as possible.
Take care of your cars, people!