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Car thefts preventable during holiday season
Calgary Police are warning residents to be extra careful this holiday season and keep their Christmas gifts out of sight to deter thieves.
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:05PM MST
There are just 14 shopping days before Christmas and authorities in Calgary are warning residents to keep their gifts out of sight.
In an attempt to crack down on car prowlings during the holiday season, the Calgary Police Service is teaming up with the Alberta Motor Association and Calgary Transit Public Safety and Enforcement for an initiative to instruct Calgarians on how to stay safe during the shopping season.
They’ll be paying special attention to keeping valuables out of sight inside your vehicle while you are out shopping, giving potential thieves less of a reason to break in.
Authorities will also be spending more time patrolling several popular shopping centres and parking lots across the city in an attempt to cut down on crime.
They will also be making ‘All Valuables Removed’ placards available for residents as a preventative measure to indicate to anyone trying to gain entry that there is nothing of value inside.
Calgarians can pick up their signs at any CPS district office, community station, or AMA centre.
Police say there have been 6,231 reports of thefts over $5,000 and 93 reports of thefts over $5,000 from January to September of this year.