From January 1st through the 13th, the Red Deer City RCMP Detachment has received 52 stolen vehicle complaints. Police say 16 of those vehicles were either running and/or had the keys in them. Red Deer RCMP remind motorists that vehicles left running and unattended present a crime of opportunity for criminals. It takes mere seconds for a thief to drive away in a vehicle that has been left unlocked and running.
Red Deer, Alberta ~ Across this province, the RCMP respond to significant numbers of vehicle thefts that involve idling vehicles.
In Red Deer itself, the numbers for 2020 already show that 31% of the vehicles stolen were either running with unlocked doors, or had the keys in them. These vehicles include all types; cars, trucks and mini-vans.
For a crime to occur, there must be a person with the desire and ability to commit the crime, a person or property that is the target of the crime, and the opportunity to commit the crime. The Red Deer RCMP is focusing on getting community members to remove the opportunity for culprits to commit the crime of stealing vehicles. Leaving a vehicle running unattended creates a situation that criminals find difficult to resist.
With the cold weather facing Alberta, early on the morning of Friday, January 17th, Red Deer RCMP members made timely, proactive patrols to communicate with the citizens who have idling vehicles.
“The stolen vehicles in our community pose a significant risk to public safety in a variety of ways” says Inspector Holly Glassford of the Red Deer RCMP. “Our goal is not to shame anyone, rather to just ask everyone to be smart, and do their part.”