Some communities in the heartland have been hit harder than others with vehicle and property thefts.
 
In Morinville, break and enters were up in 2017. A total of 56 were reported, up eight from 2016 (48) and 30 from 2015 (26).
 
Auto thefts also continue to rise, 33 vehicles were stolen in 2017, compared to 28 in 2016 and 17 in 2013.
 
"Please ensure your vehicles are locked and you don't have any visible valuables in your vehicle," said Morinville RCMP Sergeant Dale Kendall. "If you have to leave your vehicle outside make sure that your outside lights are on."
 
Police are seeing the large increase in thefts from motor vehicles/break and enters happening overnight. Certain strategies are being implemented such as directed and proactive patrols along with hot spot policing.
 
"Our 'lock it lose it' campaign that we do is where we have both volunteers and police officers go around in several different communities checking vehicles to see if they're locked or not and if they've left any valuables in their vehicles or if they've left their windows down which makes them more vulnerable to crime," added Kendall.
 
Morinville had 436 reported property crimes last year.

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