IBC, Edmonton Police and RCMP partner up to launch #LockOutAutoTheft
#LockOutAutoTheft is an anti-theft movement taking place in Edmonton and surrounding areas. The consumer-education campaign is designed to help residents and drivers protect themselves from rising auto theft rates in the province.
On avg. a car is stolen every 7 min. in Canada. Let’s change that. Do your part to #LockOutAutoTheft Tweet
Over the course of 2016, 4,865 vehicles were stolen in Edmonton, a 41% increase from the 3,453 vehicles stolen in 2015.
Incidents of auto theft have remained high in 2017, with 1,260 thefts from January through April, similar to the 1,267 thefts that occurred during the same time period last year.
Many stolen vehicles had keys left inside.
Every year, people are injured or die as a result of auto theft. When it’s in the hands of a thief, a stolen car is like a loaded gun.
Stolen vehicles are a threat to public safety and a drain on police resources. Stolen cars are also frequently used to commit other crimes, particularly drug trafficking, break and enters and robberies.
Stolen property, drugs and weapons are routinely recovered from stolen vehicles.
Auto theft is not a victimless crime. Auto theft costs Canadians millions each year, when you consider health care, policing, legal, and out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles.
Do your part to help fight auto theft. Lock your car. Take your keys.