Edmonton Police See Rise In Car Theft Rate
GPS Tracking Devices Provide Theft Protection
Police in Edmonton are asking truck drivers and others with valuable vehicles or equipment to start taking additional precautions in protecting those mobile assets as motor vehicle theft incidents have been on the rise in the Canadian city.
According to statistics provided by law enforcement in the region, approximately 300 cars have been stolen on the west side alone since January, and of those nearly 300 stolen vehicles 83 were pickup trucks. “Clearly, the car thieves in the area are targeting pickup trucks, bobcat-type construction equipment and other recreation vehicles like “ski-doos”, explained a source associated with the Edmonton Police Department. However, the criminals are mostly putting their efforts into stealing 3/4 and 1 ton trucks.
In comparison, there were only 54 pickup trucks stolen in the same time frame the previous year.
Police in the area now believe that simply locking car doors is not enough to stop the new-age of criminals who have many methods of breaking into automobiles. What they are suggesting is that people take the time to research and invest in GPS tracking devices or other anti-theft systems.
GPS tracking system technology is one of the reasons why the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) believes the auto-theft statistics in the United States have been on a steady decline over the past 20 years.
Edmonton Police are now basically telling people that if you are willing to spend $40,000 or more on an automobile or recreational vehicle that they should take the time to protect the asset with a GPS tracker or security system. Real-time trackers, such as the Victoria tracking system, can even notify a car-owner if their vehicle has been stolen or moved without authorization.