Strathcona County, Alta. – Strathcona County RCMP is urging residents to take steps to prevent vehicle thefts and theft from vehicles. Most vehicle crime is opportunistic and by following some straightforward advice, and working together, we can ensure that this type of crime is reduced in our community.
Thefts from vehicles are more likely to occur in areas that contain many vehicles and minimal pedestrian traffic. Theft of vehicles also increases in areas with less visibility such as rural properties. Regardless of the location, any area where a vehicle is left running and unattended, unlocked, or with valuables in plain view, the risk is increased.
Steps for protecting your vehicle can be as simple as closing the windows and removing the keys when you leave. Here are more tips for preventing thefts:
- Lock the doors.
- Remove valuables from vehicle including purses, shopping bags, change, electronics and sunglasses.
- Remove garage door opener.
- Park your vehicle in sight or in a well-lit area.
- Use a steering wheel lock.
- Lock your garage.
- Disable power to the garage door if you’re leaving for an extended period of time
If you see something suspicious, report it the Strathcona County RCMP at 780-467-7741. 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), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.