Theft from Vehicles
The Medicine Hat Police Service is reminding drivers to prevent theft by securing motor vehicles. Theft of items from motor vehicles, including the vehicles themselves is ever prevalent in the hot summer season. It is estimated that auto theft costs Albertans $60 million a year in insurance claims. Auto theft costs the victim time and money, but costs society, because it drives insurance premiums up and many times stolen vehicles are used to commit other crimes. Here are some common items reported to police stolen from unlocked and open vehicles:
-computer laptops, RADAR detectors, iPods, MP3 players, purses and wallets, shopping packages, loose money and change, iPads, compact discs, stereos systems, speakers, briefcases, tools, personal documents (for identity theft), cellular phones and even keys.
To prevent becoming a victim, be vigilant to ensure parked vehicles are locked and secure at all times including these tips:
- Lock your vehicle doors and close all windows, even it is parked in front of your home.
- Hide your valuables out of sight or take them with you.
- Take extra keys (home, garage, and vehicle) out of your vehicle.
- Remove the ignition key and activate the steering lock by turning the wheel.
- Park in a sensible location, avoiding unlit or isolated areas at night.
- Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a business, store, etc.
- If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately!
For more tips, go to http://www.watchyourcar.org/content/?/protect/tips