RCMP Alberta – Over the past weekend Fort Saskatchewan RCMP have responded to a total of 14 thefts from vehicles which began Friday. It has been shown that thieves have been targeting valuables including, wallets, purses and licence plates once access to the vehicle is obtained. This is a significant increase to what is normally seen within our community.
Currently members of the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP are working in collaboration with several further police jurisdictions to bring these investigations to a successful resolution.
"I feel for every one of the victim's of this invasive crime.” says Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Michael McCaulay. “The Detachment has multiple crime reduction strategies that the members are undertaking, but I also need to stress that the public needs to lock their doors and not leave anything in their vehicles that is worth stealing. That is the most critical crime prevention technique that exists for this crime type."
The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP would like to remind the public of some safeguards that can assist in reducing the chances of falling victim to this type of crime. We continue to encourage residents to always lock their unattended vehicles and remove all valuables. This includes wallets, purses, electronics and personal information. Parking your vehicle in a well lit area at night can act as a good deterrent that does help to keep “would be” criminals from victimizing your property.
If you suspect someone is breaking into vehicles, stay safe, do not approach them. Get a good description of their clothing and physical appearance, take note of vehicles and licence plates within the area. If you are in a position where hitting the panic button on your key fob is an option, we do recommend creating the noise for the purposes of deterring an active thief.
If you have fallen victim to this type of crime, or have any information regarding these crimes please contact the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP detachment at 780-997-7900. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.