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The St. Albert RCMP would like to remind residents to not leave their vehicles idling with their keys inside.

On the mornings of Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. 10 vehicles were found idling, unlocked and with the keys in the ignition in various neighbourhoods in St. Albert.

The St. Albert RCMP would like to remind residents that leaving a vehicle unlocked and idling makes it an easy target for thieves. This creates a window of opportunity for the thieves to not only steal any valuables inside of the car but also the car. Mounties say that thieves will be driving around neighborhoods in search of unattended vehicles.

The police say it is best to use a spare key to lock the car if you are going inside while it warms up. They say you should use anti-theft tools such as vehicle starters, steering wheel clubs and alarm stickers to deter thieves.

Mounties say to never leave any valuables inside the vehicles and to ensure the vehicle is always parked in well-lit areas. If possible, they recommend installing a car alarm.

The St. Albert Crime Reduction Unit would like to use the holiday season to remind citizens to be diligent about crime prevention.

The police suggest always locking your car and residence and to leave the lights turned on both inside and outside your residence after dark. For anyone going away over the holidays, the police suggest getting a friend or neighbour to pick up mail or newspapers, as an overflowing mailbox is a sign that no one is home.

While shopping, police say to not leave valuables in open view in your car and to always park in well-lit areas close to the entrance of the store.

Police say any new gifts received over the holidays should have the new serial numbers recorded in the event they are stolen in the future. If an item doesn’t have a serial number, consider engraving your name or initials on the item.

The Mounties say it is important to research before making charitable donations. They warn it is important to do online research before contributing to someone who approaches you. Police suggest being wary of an organization that sends unsolicited emails.

Photos have been released of a man who stole cigarettes from a convenience store.

On Dec. 6 at around 9 p.m. a man walked in to the Forest Convenience Store at 131 Forest Dr. and asked the clerk for a carton of smokes. When the clerk turned her back the man took the carton and ran outside to a waiting vehicle.

The man is described as a Caucasian male with a light beard, medium build and five feet four inches tall.

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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.