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Red Deer RCMP remind drivers to not leave idling vehicles unoccupied

January 11, 2022 2:39 PM

Red Deer, Alta. – With the return of cold temperatures, Red Deer RCMP are reminding drivers to avoid leaving their idling vehicles unoccupied in an effort to reduce vehicle thefts.

Vehicles left running and unattended present a crime of opportunity for criminals. It takes mere seconds for a thief to drive away in a vehicle that has been left unlocked and running. And if your vehicle contains your wallet with credit cards and ID, they could be used to commit identity theft crimes.

Whether parking outside your home or in a commercial area, drivers should use caution. 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 valuables inside your vehicle where passerby can see them.
  • If you leave your vehicle registration and insurance in your vehicle, hide it in a location that a thief would be unlikely to find.
  • Install an anti-theft system in your vehicle if it doesn’t have one. Thieves are reluctant to steal vehicles if they can be recovered quickly.

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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