The Regina Police Service is encouraging citizens to lock their cars, homes and garages. Don’t leave vehicles unlocked or with keys left in them. Take your garage door openers into the house with you; don’t leave them in your vehicle, especially if the vehicle is left unlocked. Keep all valuables and spare change out of sight, so as not to encourage possible thefts. Lock your garage doors when not at home and at night.
Statistics continue to show that many thefts from auto are from unlocked vehicles. The majority of these incidents are happening in the northwest, southeast and south districts of Regina. In 2011, the number of thefts from auto was approximately 2440. In 2013, that number was reduced to approximately 1870. This year, so far there have been 1808 thefts from auto and the year isn’t over yet. Of that number, 687 vehicles were unlocked when they were entered. By locking your vehicle doors AND removing all valuables and loose change, you are deterring would-be thieves from getting a hold of your property. If you park your car in the garage, don’t forget to lock the garage as well, otherwise thieves can get into your car and to your tool collection in the garage.
We encourage everyone to lock their vehicles and take all valuables into their home with them, to discourage this kind of behavior. If there’s nothing of value left in plain sight in the car, thieves might not even bother, and will hopefully move on to the next target. Most of the vehicles that were broken into had doors that were unlocked. As always, please report suspicious activity to police by calling 306-777-6500. If you see a crime in progress, call 9-1-1.