Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Public Advisory from Winnipeg Police Service- Vehicle Theft Prevention


PUBLIC ADVISORY – VEHICLE THEFT PREVENTION
The Winnipeg Police Service would once again like to remind motorists to be mindful when leaving their running vehicles unattended, especially during cold winter conditions. Reports of stolen vehicles have been received as a result of those vehicles being left unattended while they were warming up.
As well, each year a number of vehicles are stolen in Winnipeg as a result of keys being left in the ignition, or spare keys left within the passenger compartment of the vehicle (in the glove box, under the floor mat, etc.)
Vehicle owners are strongly encouraged to protect their keys.  Do NOT leave spare keys within your vehicle.
During the month of February 2014, a total of 117 vehicles were stolen within the city. Some of the preventable circumstances are as follows:  

1) Vehicles left running w/key in ignition: 45
2) Keys stolen from unattended personal items (i.e. jacket/purse): 19
3) Keys left in vehicle (i.e. glove box, under seat etc.): 13

Total: 77 preventable vehicle thefts

Summary: 66% of all reported stolen vehicles during the month of February could have been prevented.

Please take every precaution to protect your property.