Alberta summers are a great time to be out of the house and on the road; however, more vehicles on the road and summer behaviours can lead to a higher risk of vehicle property crimes. Last year, August was the busiest month for theft of, and theft from, vehicles in Alberta.
August was also the busiest month for all Criminal Code-related offences, according to the RCMP. From June 1 to August 30, 2018, there were more than 3,200 vehicle thefts and more than 3,600 reports of thefts from vehicles. The Alberta RCMP urges citizens to report all thefts, no matter how minor or severe. This information can be used in current investigations and can help plan future patrols.
Albertans should remember there are simple changes to their daily routine that can significantly lower the risk of vehicle property crime. Some of those crime prevention tips include:
· Removing the keys and locking your vehicle
· Removing all valuables from your vehicle
· Using a steering wheel lock to help reduce the risk of vehicle theft
· Not leaving the windows open when you leave your vehicle
· Parking your vehicle in sight and in a well-lit area
· Purchasing a vehicle tracking system
· Locking your garage
· Disabling power to the garage door if you’re leaving for an extended period of time
This August the RCMP will be using the #AutoRoutine to provide information on how to keep your vehicles safe this summer. Watch Mounties’ Facebook (@RCMPinAlberta) and Twitter (@RCMPAlberta) feeds for tips and reminders to help reduce thefts of, and thefts from, vehicles this summer.
If you see something suspicious, police ask that you report it to your local police service. If you see a crime in progress, call 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).