Calgary has the highest vehicle theft in Canada: what you can do

Did you know Calgary has the highest vehicle theft rate in the entire country? It’s not a great title to hold and the Calgary Police have sounded the alarm on just how big of an issue this is.

On average, 111 cars and trucks are stolen each week in the city, Insp. Joe Brar told the commission. Brar also said the rate spiked in 2015 and 2016, bucking a North American-wide downward trend for auto theft. About 15 per cent of the vehicles stolen in Calgary had keys left inside. In the remaining 85 per cent of car thefts, keys were taken during residential break-ins or gym locker thefts, or the ignitions were tampered with, Brar said. [CBC News]

To keep your vehicle safe from theft, here are some tips for prevention:

  • Keep your vehicle locked at all times, even while you are driving.
  • Never leave your keys in your car.
  • Close all your windows and sunroof when you’re not in your car.
  • Never leave the car running and unattended.
  • Don’t tempt thieves with having valuables in your car where passersby can see them.
  • Don’t leave your vehicle title in the car.
  • Install an anti-theft system in your car (this may make you eligible for car insurance discounts too).
  • Never try to resist a carjacker, cars can be replaced.
  • Park in well-lit areas or areas where there are surveillance cameras.

If you suspect your vehicle has been stolen, confirm that it was stolen before contacting the police. In many cases a caller has simply forgotten where they had parked the vehicle or the vehicle had been towed because it was illegally parked or involved in a civil dispute. The public can call the municipal impound lot at 403-537-7111 to see if the vehicle is there. If the vehicle is legitimately stolen, call 403-266-1234 to report it and obtain a case number. Call 9-1-1 if you see your vehicle being stolen and be prepared to provide the make, model, colour and licence plate number. [Calgary Police]

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