August 25, 2015 - 4:16 PM
SHAPING UP TO BE A RECORD YEAR FOR VEHICLE THEFTS
KELOWNA – RCMP are warning vehicle owners not to leave keys in their ignition after incidents of vehicle theft has spiked in the last year.
Cpl. Joe Duncan of the Kelowna RCMP says in a release 23 vehicle were reported stolen between Aug. 1 and Aug. 25 in 2013. In 2014 that number rose to 40 during the same time period. Between Aug. 1 and Aug. 25 this year however, 60 vehicles have already been stolen in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country.
Duncan says of those 60, 20 were left with keys inside.
"Kelowna RCMP are reminding citizens not to leave their keys inside unattended vehicles," he says. "We hope to educate people before they become victims"
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— This story was corrected at 8:49 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 to include corrected information from the RCMP about the time period the vehicle thefts occured.
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