A vehicle that crashed into a building on 33rd Street West early Wednesday morning is the latest in a high number of stolen vehicles in Saskatoon this year.
Police have reported 679 cases of stolen vehicles from January to August 2016, down from the 792 reports made in 2015.
However, police are still concerned about the high number.
Superintendent Mitch Yuzdepski says those stolen vehicles are often used for criminal activity, and more officers are finding that people who steal the vehicles are involved in high speed chases, putting police and the public at risk.
Yuzdepski says stolen vehicles are also a crime of opportunity, pointing out that a recent campaign by SGI found 60% of stolen vehicles had the key either in the ignition or somewhere in the car, and the door was unlocked.
Saskatoon Police have created a survey to develop more effective prevention opportunities for vehicle thefts.