Regina police are reminding all vehicle owners to be vigilant when it comes to securing their vehicle, but the warning is being aimed at those who drive Ford F-series trucks as they seem to be a favourite target of thieves these days.
Police say numbers from May 9 to August 8 show 16 percent of stolen vehicles in Regina were Ford F-150, F-250 or F-350 trucks. From August 1 to 8, 41 percent of stolen vehicles were Ford F-series trucks, and in most cases the vehicle was left unlocked or the keys were left inside.
Regina Police say they are sharing this information so that any owner of a Ford F-150, F-250 or F-350 in Regina is aware of the recent increase in the thefts of these types of vehicles. Vehicle owners may choose to change their habits or add some extra security measures as a result. The easiest of these measures involves simply locking vehicles and removing valuables, including any vehicle keys. Other deterrents might include parking in a well-lit driveway or a locked garage. There are also anti-theft products available, ranging from steering-wheel locking devices to vehicle alarm systems or dash-cams. Ultimately, a very-motivated offender may find a way to overcome crime-prevention measures, but in many cases, presenting a deterrent causes an auto thief to simply move on, looking for an easier target.