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Don’t fall victim to cold weather car thieves!

Surrey RCMP News Release
Date: 2014-12-08

As we approach winter and colder temperatures, the Surrey RCMP is reminding citizens not to leave their unattended vehicles running outside their residence in order to warm them up.

Our latest crime analyst report shows that on a single morning in mid-November as many as five vehicles were stolen from a small area in one neighbourhood, all with the keys in the ignition, unlocked, and with the engine running.

Earlier this month, officers with the Surrey RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) conducted patrols of the same affected area and observed no less than thirteen vehicles running, unoccupied, with keys in the ignition within a one hour period. In some instances these officers took the keys out of the ignition, knocked on the front door of their respective owners, and gave them their keys back reminding them of how easy it is to steal their vehicles in these circumstances.

"In these instances the owners were completely unaware that police officers had even entered their vehicles," says Cpl. Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP. "Luckily, this time, the people entering their warm vehicles were nice police officers instead of thieves."

Little known fact: Leaving an unsecured motor vehicle is also an offence under the Motor Vehicle Act (Sec 191(2)(a), punishable with a fine of $81. Stealing these vehicles is a crime of opportunity.

Residents need to ensure they protect themselves and their property and never assume that thieves are not active in the early morning hours, no matter where they live.

For more information please visit the Auto Crime section of the Surrey RCMP’s website.

Released by:
Sgt. Dale Carr
NCO i/c Media Relations & Special Events
Surrey RCMP

For media inquiries contact:
Cpl. Bert Paquet
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
Office: 604.599.7776
Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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