The City’s Enforcement Services, RCMP and Crime Prevention are teaming up for this year’s second Grande Prairie Help End Auto Theft (GP HEAT) blitz.

The GP HEAT program focuses on preventing auto theft through education. The program educates the public on how they can better protect themselves from theft of vehicles and valuables within vehicles.

On Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21, GP HEAT teams will be out in in community parking lots issuing GP HEAT notices to vehicles. These notices identify if each vehicle is an easy or hard target for potential thieves.

Residents are reminded how they can prevent auto theft:

  • Ensure vehicles are locked and windows closed.
  • Never leave keys in your vehicle.
  • Remove valuables from vehicles or move from plain sight (phones, tablets, laptops, GPS, gifts, currency, wallets, purses, etc.)
  • Park in well-lit, highly visible areas.
  • If you have a garage, use it. Keep the garage door opener with you if possible.
  • Report suspicious behaviour to police.

Remember, a thief can steal a car in seconds. An unlocked car or an open window is an easy target. Protecting your vehicle and property is as easy as locking and securing it.

More information can be found on the City’s website.