Red Deer RCMP took their 'Lock it or Lose it' public education campaign to the Enmax Centrium on Saturday night.
Along with volunteers from Citizens on Patrol, members visually checked 390 vehicles in the Westerner Park parking lots during the Red Deer Rebels game.
Vehicles were not touched, save to put flyers under wipers which inform the driver their vehicle was inspected. The flyers flagged any temptation volunteers saw that might induce a thief to break into the vehicle or attempt to steal it.
Only 48 vehicles (12 per cent) received a thumbs up. Another 67 had had cash in plain sight, 25 had visible electronics, and 52 had garage door openers. Seven trucks had items of value left in the box, and four vehicles had keys left inside.
“These are the lowest safety scores we’ve seen since the campaign began, despite how vocal citizens are about their concerns about property crime,” says Constable Sean Morris with Red Deer RCMP.
“Saturday night we saw the evidence of a shocking number of citizens who continue to make choices that create attractive targets for smash and grab thefts. It’s not difficult to secure your vehicle and remove valuables from it, and we’re asking citizens to stop and think about the impact of their actions.”
Volunteers also left notes about soon soon-to-expire or expired registration, and noted issues such as an interior lights left on and numerous cracked windshields.
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