Those without command start should use extra caution when warming up their vehicles.
 
With cold winter mornings motivating some to start their cars fairly early, car thefts are becoming more of a common problem.
 
"Not everyone has command start, you people might need to leave your keys in and lock it while it's running. But please don't do that for too long and keep an eye on it as well," said Janice Shoepp, Constable with the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP.
 
In the Fort Saskatchewan area, more than 130 vehicles have been reportedly stolen since January 1.
 
Most of the reports recently have been people staying at hotels and motels early in the morning.
 
"I think people are just less cautious then, since you think everyone is just getting ready to go to work and some people are in a hurry, so we need to be diligent as well."
 
If you do not have a second set of keys and your vehicle is running, Cst. Shoepp added you should be in your vehicle.
 
With Christmas shopping upon us, it is also advisable to keep valuables out of sight. 
 
 
 
 

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