Stolen vehicle numbers are on the rise so far in Regina this year.
Regina police are reporting that stolen vehicles are up 39 percent in the first seven months compared to last year.
Mayor Michael Fougere said the auto thefts are often related to other crimes such as break and enters and firearm offences.
“Sure it’s a concern, but the police is putting resources to deal with that as well,” Fougere said. “These are after a fact; it’s hard to prevent a theft of a vehicle, it’s reported, and it’s dealt with as best as they can.”
Chief Evan Bray said auto thefts are not just a Regina problem.
“I spoke with the chief in Waterloo and he said (their) car thefts are through the roof right now and it’s something that they’re dealing with,” Bray said. “It is very tightly tied to some of the high-risk activity in our community, particularly around drugs.”
However relief could be on the way, as RPS say crime normally increases during the summer months.