Regina has seen its fair-share of car thefts recently – and in many cases, thieves were able to break in, or take off because the keys were left inside a vehicle.
According to Regina Police, there are two categories of cars: the easy target; and the one that’s not worth the trouble.
So, police are reminding vehicle owners to take these necessary steps:
- Take Your Keys: When you leave your keys in your car, it takes mere seconds for someone to enter your car and drive away. Thieves know all the hiding spots for keys, but they won’t find them if you’ve taken them with you. Also, an unoccupied vehicle left running is an advertisement to thieves the keys are still inside.
- Lock Your Cars: A locked car is usually too much trouble for a thief, as it requires extra time and/or the commotion of breaking in, so it’s just easier to keep moving on in search for an unlocked car. Taking care to lock your car is one of the easiest crime prevention techniques and can make a big difference in reducing victimization and lowering crime rates.
- Take your Stuff: A car can be filled with things that thieves would love to get their hands on – pieces of ID, cash, electronics and more. Keep valuable items out of your car when you’re not in it, and, failing that, keep valuables out of view. That includes garage door openers as well as GPS systems.