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Red Deer RCMP remind drivers to not leave idling vehicles unoccupied

January 11, 2022 2:36 PM

Red Deer, Alta. –  With the return of cold temperatures, Red Deer RCMP are reminding drivers to not leave their idling vehicles unoccupied in an effort to reduce vehicle thefts.

In the past 48 hours, six stolen vehicles were reported to the Red Deer RCMP where the keys were left inside as the vehicle idled. Vehicle thefts of this kind are crimes of opportunity and are preventable. Furthermore, data shows that stolen vehicles are often used to carry out additional crimes in the community.

Whether parking outside your home or in a commercial area, drivers should use caution as it only takes a few seconds for someone to get into an unlocked vehicle and drive away. Alberta RCMP estimates that about 33% of all vehicle thefts occur while a vehicle is idling and unoccupied.

RCMP have the following safety tips to prevent vehicle theft and protect yourself:

  • Never leave keys in an unlocked, unoccupied vehicle.
  • Avoid idling an unoccupied vehicle.
  • Use a steering wheel lock to deter thieves.
  • Never leave spare keys or garage door openers in or around your vehicle.
  • Never leave children or pets in an idling vehicle.
  • Never leave a wallet or purse inside an idling vehicle.

The public is encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Red Deer RCMP by calling the non-emergency complaint line at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the P3 Tips app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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Red Deer RCMP