RCMP and partners check parked cars in week-long blitz

Wetaskiwin RCMP Lock it or Lose it event a success

After a “Lock it or Lose it” blitz in the City of Wetaskiwin, it looks like motorists are getting the message to keep their valuables out of cars and keep their vehicles locked.

According to a Dec. 20 press release from spokesperson Cst. Christine Hepburn, “During the week of December 9 to December 16, 2018 Wetaskiwin RCMP in partnership with Wetaskiwin RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, Dyck Insurance and Tony’s Towing conducted a Lock it or Lose it operation.

“The intent of the operation was to observe, identify and educate the public about theft from motor vehicles.

“One hundred sixty-seven motor vehicles parked on the roadway were checked. Of the 167 vehicles, 21 were found to have valuables visible inside the vehicle. 12 vehicles were found to be unlocked and were secured by the RCMP.

“In 2017 a review of stolen vehicles files was conducted and found that within the city of Wetaskiwin 39.5 per cent of vehicles were stolen either running or keys were accessible, and in rural Wetaskiwin 42.5 per cent.

“The Wetaskiwin RCMP would like to remind the public to not leave vehicles running in the winter with keys inside, lock up their vehicles and remove any valuables from inside.”

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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