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Date: January 26, 2022Share

RCMP “Operation Cold Start” keeps vehicles safe (with attachments)

With the cold winter temperatures upon us, the St. Albert RCMP is partnering with other Alberta Law Enforcement Agencies to remind everyone to ensure their vehicle is never left unattended or unlocked with keys nearby or in the ignition. Approximately 25% of stolen vehicles in Alberta are stolen while idling and these thefts are far more prevalent in the cold winter months. Vehicles can be stolen in seconds by thieves lying in wait. Often times, thieves will look for people who start their vehicles and then leave them unattended as they return in their houses or into a store.

To help keep citizen’s property safe, St. Albert RCMP is participating in the province wide initiative “Operation Cold Start” from January 31 to February 6. Individual police agencies and RCMP detachments have implemented this initiative to prevent thefts of idling automobiles across the province. The goal of “Operation Cold Start” is to educate Albertans and work with the public to reduce auto theft, ultimately by making it tougher on would be thieves. The initiative will see St. Albert RCMP along with other police officers across the province patrolling for unattended idling vehicles to determine if they are locked and/or have the keys in the ignition. Officers will work to educate owners on the various ways to keep their property safe.

St. Albert RCMP remind citizens to follow some simple tips in preventing vehicle thefts:

St. Albert RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to the RCMP Detachment at 780-458-7700. 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.

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