It might be a good idea to doublecheck that you’ve locked your vehicle.
According to Alberta RCMP, Wood Buffalo is a hot spot when it comes to car theft – seeing the 7th most incidents across the province in 2017.
Last year, there was a total of 333 thefts.
In an email sent to Mix News, Corporal Mélanie Cappiello-Stébenne says 191 of these were specifically for stolen vehicles – not including ATV’s and other off-road vehicles.
Red Deer topped the list with 1,562 incidents, nearly five times the number of thefts in Wood Buffalo.
“Stolen vehicles are used to commit more property crime, to transport illicit goods and often become hazards on the road,” said Supt. Peter Tewfik, Officer in Charge of Crime Reduction Strategies, in a release.
“Preventing auto theft is key to our Crime Reduction Strategy and we have seen a decrease in theft of motor vehicles between 2017 and 2018.”
Despite this noted decrease, Wood Buffalo is on pace to see more thefts.
So far, Wood Buffalo RCMP have investigated 165 complaints which means the region is on pace for roughly 206 incidents by year’s end.