Town of Canmore

Lock it or Lose it

Even in Canmore, vehicle thefts occur. Simple steps will reduce the likelihood of your vehicle being stolen or vandalized.  The RCMP offer a few tips to help prevent vehicle thefts: 

  • Never leave a running vehicle unattended. If your keys must be in the ignition to warm it up, citizens should remain with their vehicle.
  • Never leave children unattended in a running vehicle.
  • Install a remote starter if possible, however, always make sure the vehicle is locked.
  • Use a steering wheel lock to deter thieves.
  • Don’t leave your keys in the vehicle, even when filling up with gas.
  • Never leave spare keys or garage door openers in or around your vehicle. If a garage door opener goes missing at any time, the garage door should be immediately recoded.
  • If your keys are stolen, immediately change the locks for the keys that have gone missing, including residences and vehicles.
  • Vehicles equipped with a keyless ignition can still be stolen if left running, even with the key fob removed from the vehicle.
  • Always lock the man-door leading from a garage into a residence.
  • Leaving valuable items in plain sight in a parked vehicle increases the likelihood of your property being more attractive to a potential theft. Cell phones, iPads, computers and photography equipment all are attractive to thieves.
  • Close all windows and sun roofs.
  • Park in a well lit and visible area.
  • Parking in a locked garage will help safeguard your vehicle.

Who do I report suspicious activity to?

Call 911 when:

  • You believe a specific crime is happening
  • You believe something is suspicious

Call the RCMP Complaint Line 403.678.5516 24 hours a day to report new or recent crime. 

  • Break-ins or thefts where the suspect is gone
  • Suspicious vehicle, person or activity

Learn more about securing your vehicle at:  www.ama.ab.ca/lockit