Vehicle Thefts on the Rise as Cold Snap Lingers: Police

Vehicle Thefts on the Rise as Cold Snap Lingers: Police

Winnipeg Police CrestWINNIPEG — An increase in the number of vehicles being stolen have been reported due to the recent cold spell.

Winnipeg police are reminding motorists not to leave their vehicles left running unattended while warming them up.

Police also say each year a number of vehicles are stolen as a result of keys being left in the ignition, or spare keys left within the passenger compartment.

Police suggest motorists do not leave spare keys within their vehicle.

Manitoba Public Insurance says for the three month period from December 2013 to February 2014, there were 269 thefts involving keys. Of those, 162 of the thefts — 60 percent — involved keys left in the ignition, or somewhere within the vehicle.

An extreme cold warning issued by Environment Canada over the weekend was lifted for Winnipeg on Monday morning.

— Staff


Pssst, while you're here... is Winnipeg's only independent digital news outlet, producing reliable journalism and localized content since 2007. As we grow as a company, so do our expenses into creating the news, sports and entertainment coverage you've come to expect from us. We ask that if you enjoyed reading this article that you consider making a small donation towards our efforts. It would be greatly appreciated in helping us reinvest to expand our reach and hire additional freelance reporters and photographers. Thank you!

Support ?

Sports Highlights