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Key-making equipment, information stolen from Calgary Housing Company contractor’s vehicle

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WATCH ABOVE: A warning about a major security breach after a locksmith van was stolen. The theft has left thousands of people in Calgary vulnerable to break and enters. Jill Croteau reports.

Personal information and equipment that can be used to create keys were inside a vehicle that was stolen earlier this week from a Calgary Housing Company (CHC) contractor.

CHC said Thursday morning the keys could be used for some of its housing units.

However, it stated no tenant names or other personal information was included in the stolen information.

“We apologize to our tenants and we are working with police and the contractor to address the situation,” said Sarah Woodgate, president of Calgary Housing Company.”

“We take the safety and security of tenants very seriously. This is an unfortunate incident and we are working around the clock to do what we can to help residents.”

The agency said steps have been taken to notify tenants. They include:

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  • Having extra security patrolling CHC properties
  • Working directly with residents who have expressed safety or security concerns
  • Re-keying CHC units that may be affected

A pamphlet detailing those measures was distributed to tenants.

CHC said it’s also working with the contractor to address the handling and storage of information to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

Stolen ABOE Locksmith van
Stolen ABOE Locksmith van. RCMP

RCMP said the van, belonging to ABOE Locksmith, was stolen from an apartment parking lot complex at 304 Mackenzie Way S.W. in Airdrie sometime overnight on Feb. 27.

It was then driven south of Airdrie to Township Road 264, between 24 Street and Range Road 13, where it was recovered the following morning.

Airdrie RCMP and Calgary police are investigating.

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Calgary Housing Company is a City of Calgary-owned corporation that operates and manages more than 10,000 subsidized and affordable housing units in the city.

Calgary Housing Company pamphlet
Calgary Housing Company pamphlet. Calgary Housing Company