An increase of calls about truck thefts have been coming in, the RCMP says
By Diego Flammini
Law enforcement in Saskatchewan is reminding farmers to lock up their vehicles.
“In the past month, Saskatchewan RCMP has received a number of reports of thefts of trucks parked in fields, including from the Carnduff, Humboldt, Prince Albert, Melville and Weyburn detachment areas.,” the RCMP said in a Sept. 21 update.
The RCMP also provided tips for farmers to consider when out in their trucks:
- Don’t idle an occupied vehicle.
- Install an alarm system or steering wheel lock.
- Lock parked vehicles and remove the keys.
- Try to park in well-lit and secure areas.
Truck thefts have occurred in other parts of Saskatchewan too.
On Sept. 23, Estevan RCMP asked for the public’s assistance to find a stolen truck.
Between Sept. 22 and 23, a white 1995 GMC dually with a black tool box and hoist was stolen from the Souris Valley Memorial Gardens.
And on Sept. 11, a silver Dodge Ram 2500 truck with Saskatchewan plate 410 BWZ was stolen from a property in Luseland.
Saskatchewan had more than 1,500 reports of vehicle theft in 2021.
Of the 1,519 reports (126 per month) reported between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 451, or about 29 per cent of victims admitted to leaving keys inside at the time of the theft.