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    Rash of car thefts hit the city April 13

    Chestermere RCMP are again reminding residents to, “lock it or lose it,” after police responded to a rash of stolen cars April 13.
    Four cars were stolen between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. April 13, three from the West Chestermere area and one from The Cove.
    “In all four instances vehicles were left running unlocked and unattended in driveways,” said Chestermere RCMP Detachment Commander Staff Sgt. Mark Wielgosz.
    He described the thefts as preventable, “crimes of opportunity.”
    Wielgosz said that Chestermere is a safe community but that the city isn’t immune from criminals looking for easy opportunities.
    “By leaving vehicles or even property insecure or unattended or valuables in plain site is only attracting these types of individuals and its only making it easier for them to perpetrate their crimes,” said Wielgosz.
    He said that the message is simple, lock it or lose it.
    “Simply locking your vehicles, lock your homes removing valuables from site would go a very long way with helping us to take a bite out of crime here in Chestermere,” said Wielgosz.
    Police are continuing to investigate the four auto thefts.
    “All four vehicles are, of course, entered on our police database,” said Wielgosz, “so if they are encountered by any police officer across Canada they’ll be certainly recovered.”