Lloydminster RCMP says vehicle theft continues to be an ongoing issue in the city. In July, officers observed over 100 vehicles and found one that was unlocked with the keys left inside, as well as four unlocked vehicles.
During the month, RCMP officer walked through parking lots to look for unlocked vehicles and other vehicles at risk of having property stolen as part of their “Lock it or Lose it” campaign. Officers found purses, wallets and a DSLR camera in plain sight in vehicles while observing.
Constable Grant Kirzinger says motor vehicle theft is something they have been seeing for a long time and continues to be a problem.
“Since January we’ve had 195 calls for service in relation to theft from motor vehicles and we’ve had 251 calls for service in relation to theft of motor vehicles.”
RCMP say these are crimes of opportunities, where unlocked cars and valuables in plain sight create a greater chance that they will be stolen. Kirzinger says there are various ways to protect yourself from theft.
“If you lock your vehicle, take your keys and remove the valuables from inside. The likelihood of you being victimized is quite low.”
RCMP also suggest is if people have a garage to park vehicles inside, as well as not leaving vehicles running unattended and having security measures in place.