When will we learn?
The temperatures in Calgary have plunged below freezing, leaving Calgarians with a frigid car ride to work during these October mornings.
It’s no surprise that many commuters around the city have taken to reviving the age-old strategy of warming up their car as they get their morning started, leaving the engine on and the keys in the ignition — a practice that the Calgary Police Services has been pleading with Calgarians to stop each and every winter.
According to a tweet from CPS, there were seven reports of stolen vehicles between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon alone, all of which took place after the vehicles’ owners had left them unattended and running.
Since yesterday morning we have already received reports of seven vehicles that were stolen after their owners left them unattended to warm up. These thefts happened all around the city. Please don’t leave vehicles unattended to warm up. #yyc #yyccrime pic.twitter.com/iCbJoyZOyg
— Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) October 9, 2018
This is undoubtedly not the last of such reports, as idling vehicles being stolen was a major problem last year.
Over 200 automobiles were stolen while idling between November and December of 2017, and Calgary police found nearly 700 cars unlocked and running during their Operation Cold Start throughout last winter — cars that could have easily been stolen in mere seconds.
The problem got so bad that a Redditor created a counter that kept track of exactly how long it’s been since the last “I left my car running and it was stolen” post on the Calgary subreddit.
While it’s only October, it looks like the idling vehicle dilemma has once again reared its ugly head for the people of Calgary.
Here are a few tips from the police to keep your vehicles where you want them this winter: