A man has been arrested followed a break in at Island GM in Duncan. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media)

Alberta RCMP reports decrease in motor vehicle theft during pandemic

Rural detachment areas also saw a 29 per cent decrease in theft from a motor vehicle

Alberta RCMP is happy to report a decrease in thefts of a motor vehicle and thefts from a motor vehicle during the pandemic.

Quick Facts (Alberta RCMP jurisdiction March-Dec. 2020 compared to March-Dec. 2019):

– Urban detachment areas saw a 27 per cent decrease in theft from a motor vehicle and a 26 per cent decrease in theft of motor vehicles.

– Rural detachment areas saw a 29 per cent decrease in theft from a motor vehicle and a 21 per cent decrease in theft of a motor vehicle.

– Despite these positive numbers, there is still room for improvement. From March to Dec. 2020 there were over 7,800 theft from motor vehicle offences and over 7,100 thefts of motor vehicle offences in Alberta RCMP jurisdiction.

Here are some tips for keeping your vehicle safe:

– lock the doors

– remove all valuables

– use a steering wheel lock

– lock your garage

– remove garage door opener from vehicle

– use a vehicle tracking system

– park in a well-lit area

– never leave vehicle running with the keys inside

Follow us on Facebook (@RCMPinAlberta), Twitter (@RCMPAlberta) and #VehicleValentines (for the month of February) for more tips on keeping your vehicle safe.

RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to police. 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.