February 2018 Ward 1 Report - Page 2

Message from Ward Sutherland

I would like to commend the Calgary Police Service (CPS) for their proactive efforts in educating citizens about auto theft prevention.

Stolen vehicles put public safety and officers at serious risk of harm. Offenders who steal vehicles often have very little regard for public safety and do not care if the vehicle becomes damaged or involved in a collision.

Take a look at CPS’s tips on how to prevent your vehicle from being stolen. Auto thefts are crimes of opportunity. Warming up your car could leave you out in the cold.

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Operation Cold Start

The Calgary Police Service conducted Operation Cold Start for a second year in a row to educate citizens about the risks of leaving their vehicles unattended while warming them up.

As part of the operation, officers on patrol keep an eye out for vehicles that are left running and unattended. When officers find these vehicles, they take the opportunity to educate the vehicle’s owner about how quickly a vehicle can be stolen and how dangerous stolen vehicles can be to the public.

Throughout the two week operation, officers spoke with 697 vehicle owners who left their keys inside their vehicles. Many citizens may not realize the extreme risks that can result if their vehicle is stolen. There have been numerous examples of offenders demonstrating dangerous driving in a stolen vehicle, which can put citizens and police officers at risk.

Citizens who are planning to warm up their vehicle on a cold day are reminded to:

• Never leave a vehicle with a keyed ignition running and unattended.

• Never leave vehicles with keyless ignitions or push-button starts running and unattended.

• Never leave children or pets in a running or unattended vehicle.

• Never leave spare keys or garage door openers in your vehicle. Always lock the door leading from a garage into a residence.

• Do not leave valuables, including identity documents and bank cards, in a vehicle under any circumstances.

• Use a remote starter whenever possible and keep your vehicle locked.

• Use a steering wheel lock to deter thieves.

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