The following news bulletin was recently released by the Calgary Police:
April 14, 2015
Unlocked doors and running cars helping thieves across Calgary
Unlocked garage doors and vehicles left with the keys inside are contributing to an increase in property and vehicle thefts in all parts of the city. It is a trend that has the Calgary Police Service asking citizens to be vigilant when it comes to locking doors and vehicles.
At the end of February, vehicle thefts were up 76 per cent compared to the five-year average and there was a 60 per cent increase in car prowlings. So far this year, approximately one third of all vehicles stolen were taken using the vehicles’ keys.
Residential break and enters are also on the rise, up 31 per cent from the five-year average by the end of February. In many of these break-ins, the suspect entered a garage through an unlocked door to steal property and sometimes to gain access to the attached residence.
Police believe that a significant number of these crimes are crimes of opportunity and many of the vehicles stolen are used to commit other, sometimes violent, crimes. Calgarians can help protect their vehicles and property by:
1. Always locking vehicle, garage and house doors, even if you are nearby or only leaving for a short period of time.
2. Not leaving vehicles unattended with the keys inside and making sure spare keys are kept in a secure location not in or around your vehicle.
3. Hiding or removing valuables from your vehicle so that they are not visible to people walking by.
4. Securing your vehicle if you need to leave it running by either locking the doors or using a steering wheel lock so it cannot be driven easily.
5. Reporting any suspicious activity to police immediately by calling 403-266-1234, or
9-1-1 if there is a crime in progress.
There have been recent incidents of vandalism in properties managed by C-Era. It is important that all residents play a role in reducing the risk for theft and vandalism.
In addition to the recommendations provided by the Calgary Police in the news bulletin, we recommend the follow precautions are taken:
1. The building entrance doors are locked for security reasons; please do not let strangers into the building.
2. Report all lost fobs and garage door openers so they can be removed from the system
3. Close windows and lock patio doors while away from your Unit
4. Chain spare tires together
5. Place a good lock on your storage locker, one that cannot easily be cut. Hide any items of value within the locker.
If you witness suspicious activity please ensure you are reporting the incident to the Calgary Police.