Don't leave a running vehicle unattended

Vernon North Okanagan

2023-10-31 11:07 PDT

File # 2023-6972

photo of cartoon car idling with a running, unattended car with keys inside is an easy target for a thief

With temperatures dropping and more drivers warming their vehicles before they hit the road, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is reminding the public of the risk of leaving an idling vehicle unattended.

On Monday, October 30th, 2023, around 8 a.m., police received a report of a pickup truck being stolen from outside a residence on Brickyard Road in Enderby. The owner had left the vehicle running to warm up, unattended, with the keys in it when it was stolen.

Never leave a vehicle with the keys in it unattended, states Constable Chris Terleski, Media Relations Officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. Thefts of vehicles and thefts from vehicles are predominately crimes of opportunity and it only takes a second for a thief to jump in and drive away. If you’re going to warm your vehicle, stay in it or use a remote starter with an immobilizer.

The stolen vehicle is a black, 2019 Dodge Ram with BC License plate RC0171. The vehicle hasn’t been recovered and if you have any information about its location or the incident, please contact the Enderby office of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at (250) 838-6818 and quote file #2023-6973.

Released by:

Cst. Chris Terleski
Media Relations Officer
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP
3402 30th St, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5E5
Office: 250-260-7161
Fax: 250-260-7191


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