Edmonton police are launching a new campaign aimed at increasing community awareness in neighbourhoods that have the highest vehicle theft rates.
The campaign will see large signs posted in nine neighbourhoods in the city meant to remind people to be more careful.
“We need all communities to be more vigilant about protecting and securing their vehicles,” said Sgt. Smith from the West Division Crime Management Team.
Those neighbourhoods targeted by the campaign were chosen after police examined the data of theft rates from Jan. 1, 2019 to Nov. 30, 2019:
- Downtown core (78 vehicles stolen, 378 thefts from vehicle)
- Garneau (27 vehicles stolen, 188 thefts from vehicle)
- Belvedere (68 vehicles stolen, 65 thefts from vehicle)
- Alberta Avenue (67 vehicles stolen, 128 thefts from vehicle)
- Strathcona (41 vehicles stolen, 167 thefts from vehicle)
- Summerside (41 vehicles stolen, 56 thefts from vehicle)
- Killarney (46 vehicles stolen, 68 thefts from vehicle)
- Inglewood (34 vehicles stolen, 60 thefts from vehicle)
- Westmount (17 vehicles stolen, 75 thefts from vehicle)
City wide, between those dates there were a total of 3,638 vehicles stolen, and 7,302 thefts from vehicles.
Police officers also compared the statistics over the last five years, and said those correlated with the hot spot list as well.
There have also been recent issues with smart keys, said Smith.
There were also 54 stolen vehicles that had been left running with a key inside.
Police said malls, parking lots, and parkades also continue to be primary targets.
“They are often left unattended with poor lighting thus increasing the chances that thieves will go undetected,” Smith said.
Edmontonians who have thefts from their vehicles can report online. For non-emergency crimes like a stolen vehicle, use the EPS non-emergency line: 780-421-4567.