Don’t leave vehicles running with the keys inside: Dawson Creek RCMP

RCMP in both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John are asking residents not to leave vehicles running with the keys in the ignition.

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are also now reminding residents not to leave their vehicles running, with the keys in the ignition and unlocked.

Last week, the Fort St. John RCMP put out a similar release after an increase in vehicle thefts.  The Dawson Creek RCMP say they’ve seen an increase in vehicle thefts where residents have left the keys in the ignition and doors unlocked.

The Dawson Creek RCMP continues to be focused on crime reduction strategies targeting prolific truck thefts, reports Staff Sgt. MCLEOD, Acting Detachment Commander. When people leave their vehicles unlocked and running, they are inviting thieves to steal their vehicles.

The RCMP says leaving your vehicle running with the keys in the ignition is contravening Section 191(2)(a) of the Motor Vehicle Act, Unsecured Motor Vehicle, and carries a fine of $81. This violation ticket can be provided to the owner of the vehicle even if their vehicle has been stolen.

Statistically, it can take less than 10 seconds to steal a vehicle. Thieves are watching for vehicles that are easy to access and quick to steal. Leaving your vehicle running with the keys in the ignition and unattended makes it an easy target.

These stolen vehicles are often used to commit further offences and pose a significant public safety risk as the same thieves often drive dangerously and flee from police when attempts are made to apprehend them.

Staff Sgt. MCLEOD asks that people help keep their community safe by securing their vehicles when left unattended.

If your vehicle has been stolen or you suspect a vehicle is stolen, report it to your local police immediately.