Vehicle theft continues to be a problem in Saskatoon. Approximately three vehicles were stolen each day over the Labour Day weekend alone.
Between January and August of 2016 there were 679 reports of stolen autos made to the Saskatoon Police Service. Even though the number is down somewhat from the 792 reports made in 2015, stolen autos remain a priority for the SPS.
Stealing vehicles is a crime of opportunity. Increasingly police are involved in situations where suspects in stolen vehicles are attempting to evade officers, creating safety concerns for all those using the roadways. In 33 % of the incidents, vehicles involved drivers leaving the keys in or near the vehicle when it was stolen.
In an attempt to develop more effective prevention opportunities and to understand citizens’ perspectives, the SPS has developed a public survey on vehicle thefts. We’re asking citizens to click on the link and take part. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CYD27GR. One lucky entrant will win a gift card.
The media is invited to join us as we launch this initiative on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., at the Astro Towing compound at 3015 Miners Avenue. Superintendent Mitch Yuzdepski will be on hand to answer questions.