Edmonton – The Alberta Motor Association and RCMP are teaming up to remind Albertans to be vigilant this holiday season. As you hit the stores this December, remember that your family aren’t the only ones on the lookout for holiday gifts. Thieves have their own wish lists, but individuals can protect their purchases by following a few simple precautions:
- Park in a well-lit, well-travelled area.
- Keep gifts and valuables in your trunk and out of sight.
- Lock your vehicle and use a steering wheel lock, available at any AMA centre.
- Never leave your keys in a running vehicle, even if you’re just making a quick stop.
- During shopping marathons, utilize parcel check services or place presents in the trunk and then move your vehicle to a new location.
- Place an All Valuables Removed placard in the window of your vehicle.
Motor vehicle theft costs Albertans $60 million each year in auto insurance claims. Stolen items like holiday gifts are covered by your home insurance
rather than auto insurance
. Avoid the hassle of additional shopping to replace stolen items and filing police reports and insurance claims by safeguarding your vehicle.
“It’s too bad that thieves don’t seem to embrace that holiday spirit, but every December we see an increase in thefts from motor vehicles,” says Sgt. Major Gene Maeda of the RCMP. “Keeping your valuables securely out of sight can ensure that perfect gift ends up with your loved ones, rather than under the tree of somebody who has been more naughty than nice.”
The Alberta Motor Association (AMA) is the largest membership organization in Alberta, representing more than 915,000 members. As a leading advocate for traffic safety, travel and consumer protection, crime prevention, and the environment, AMA represents the interests of its members and the motoring public to industry and all levels of government. Visit ama.ab.ca to learn more about AMA's products, services and member advocacy initiatives.
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For more information, contact:
Alberta Motor Association
Sgt. Major Gene Maeda
Community Policing – K Division