RCMP warn of risks of leaving keys in a vehicle

Friday, February 3, 2023

Leduc RCMP are warning the public of the risk associated to having their motor vehicles stolen when leaving keys in the vehicle and the vehicle running.
Between Dec. 1, 2022 and Jan. 30, 2023, 1 in 3 motor vehicles stolen in the Leduc detachment area had keys in the ignition or were left unlocked. Vehicle owners are 82 per cent less likely to be a victim of this crime, if they do not leave their vehicle running.
“This intelligence-based information tells us that some stolen vehicles are additionally used in the commission of other crimes including break and enters, dangerous driving and flight from police” says Cst. Cheri-Lee Smith. “If everyone can take steps to reduce the number of vehicle thefts by following some crime prevention strategies, motor vehicle thefts along with secondary crimes will be greatly reduced.”
In an effort to prevent any further theft of vehicles, the RCMP are reminding the public of the following vehicle safety tips:

  • Park in a secure well-lit location
  • Never leave an idling vehicle unoccupied, even when it is locked
  • Use a remote starter and keep your vehicle locked
  • Use a steering wheel lock to deter thieves
  • Never leave children in an unattended running vehicle
  • Never leave spare keys or garage door openers in or around your vehicle
  • Always lock the door leading from the garage to your vehicle
  • If your keys are lost or stolen, change your locks immediately

Leduc RCMP encourage the public to report any suspicious activity to police. 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.


Media contact:
Cst. Cheri-Lee Smith