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Alberta RCMP reports decrease in motor vehicle theft during pandemic

Rural detachment areas also saw a 29 per cent decrease in theft from a motor vehicle

  • Feb. 17, 2021 9:15 a.m.

Alberta RCMP is happy to report a decrease in thefts of a motor vehicle and thefts from a motor vehicle during the pandemic.

From March to December, 2020, compared to the same timeframe in 2019, urban detachment areas saw a 27 per cent decrease in theft from a motor vehicle and a 26 per cent decrease in theft of motor vehicles.

Rural detachment areas saw a 29 per cent decrease in theft from a motor vehicle and a 21 per cent decrease in theft of a motor vehicle in the same time period.

Despite these positive numbers, there is still room for improvement. From March to Dec. 2020 there were over 7,800 theft from motor vehicle offences and over 7,100 thefts of motor vehicle offences in Alberta RCMP jurisdiction.

The RCMP advises drivers to lock foors, remove all valuables, use a steering wheel lock, lock their garage, remove garage door openers from vehicles, park in a well-lit area and never leave vehicles running with the keys inside.

RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to police. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future.

If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, 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.

-Submitted by Alberta RCMP Media Relations

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