The Regina Police is urging the public to consider adopting more than a single auto-theft prevention or deterrent technique.
The number of reported auto-thefts to-date for 2018 has increased by roughly 45% from the same period in 2017. Investigations into theft of autos has brought to our awareness a technique being utilized by criminals to unlock some types of vehicles and start them using altered keys. Typically Hondas are targeted by criminals using this technique; however, other makes of vehicles such as Acuras, Nissans, and earlier model Fords have been reported as stolen using the altered key technique. It should be noted that a steering wheel locking device cannot be defeated by an altered vehicle key.
All vehicles are susceptible to theft, and owners should take preventative measures to minimize the opportunity for theft of auto. The Regina Police Service is asking the public to adopt the following auto-theft prevention strategies for drivers of all vehicles:
- Use a steering-wheel locking device, such as The Club, which makes an altered key ineffective.
- Always lock your vehicle doors.
- Do not leave your vehicle running unattended.
- Park your vehicle in in well-lit areas.
- Remove valuables from your vehicle, including spare keys or key-fobs, and garage door openers. Spare keys left in vehicles can be altered by criminals to commit additional vehicle theft.
Crime-prevention involves the whole community. If you have video surveillance that shows a possible crime, or suspicious activity, bring it to police. If you see suspicious activity, give us a call at 306-777-6500. In an emergency, or if you see a crime in progress, call 911.