CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Calgary Police Service (CPS) is gearing up for the drop in temperatures and has issued a warning to residents to lock up their vehicles.
Over the past three months, the Auto Theft Team (ATT) charged 53 offenders with 251 criminal code charges related to stolen vehicles, possession of stolen property, and other offences.
Investigators in the ATT recovered 44 stolen vehicles during the past four months, valued at over $1.1-million.
“The offenders that we are arresting in stolen vehicles are more often than not involved in multiple other crimes,” said Staff Sergeant Graeme Smiley of the CPS District Support Unit. “In Calgary, offenders use stolen vehicles as a means to facilitate other crimes that can cause great risk to the public. Members of our (ATT) , as well as our frontline patrol officers, see this concerning activity on a daily basis.”
On Wednesday night, officers in the ATT found and arrested an offender wanted on 62 outstanding criminal warrants for previous offences. Upon arrest, the person was charged with 13 additional offences including theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and possession of break and enter tools.
As temperatures drop, thieves will be out looking for easy vehicles to steal and Calgary police want citizens to help reduce crimes of opportunity.
Some of the tips that CPS is offering include never leaving your vehicle running unattended and never leave spare keys, or garage door openers in your vehicle.
Calgary police will be running Operation Cold Start in the coming weeks to educate citizens on how quickly vehicles can be stolen when they are left running with the keys inside.