Following a number of recent thefts, the Saskatoon Police Service is advising snowmobile owners to take extra precautions.
Over the last two weeks police have received reports of nine thefts of snowmobiles and 5 trailers. In all cases, the equipment was either stored on the complainant's driveway, on the street near their residence, or in their backyard. The thefts have occurred during all hours of the day and mainly in Saskatoon's north end.
Examples of precaution could be blocking your snowmobile in with another vehicle, particularly if it is left on a tailor in a visible area. Make sure your yard is well lit, or equipped with lighting which will be activated by movement. Notify your neighbors of the equipment you own and what vehicle should be associated with it, and to call police immediately if a suspicious vehicle is seen in the neighborhood.
Police are also warning potential buyers of second hand snowmobiles that it is an offense to purchase stolen goods. Buyers are asked to use caution and ask questions of the seller.
If you have any information on the recent incidents of snowmobile thefts in Saskatoon and would like to help solve these crimes, call Saskatoon Police at 975-8300, Saskatoon Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), or leave a tip online at www.saskatooncrimestoppers.com.