By LIZ HENRY-RICHARDSON Posted November 18, 2019 09:03:54The number of car thefts in Calgary and Edmonton has more than doubled over the past three years, according to police data.
In 2015, there were 7,923 car thefts, a 5.9 per cent increase over the previous year, according, data from Alberta’s RCMP.
The figures don’t include the more than 10,000 stolen cars in the city last year.
“It’s a growing problem,” said Const.
Mike Ziegler, a spokesperson for Calgary Police.
“It’s not something we are seeing on the streets as a result of a concerted effort.”
The latest figures show that of the total of 2,818 vehicles that were reported stolen in Calgary, 1,879 were registered to owners whose vehicles were stolen in the last two years.
Ziegling says the number of stolen cars reported in Calgary has more recently increased, partly due to a change in how the city registers vehicles.
In the past, people could register their vehicles in the garage and it would be checked by the city.
Now, people can register a vehicle on the spot.
“There’s a whole new system, which allows you to register the vehicle, and then it will be checked to see if the vehicle is actually registered,” Zieglers said.
“The city has made that change and now we have the technology to do that check, which means we can actually check the vehicle.”
He said the city is working with law enforcement agencies across the province to ensure there are more officers patrolling the streets.
“We want to make sure that we have enough officers out there to make arrests when needed and make sure our vehicles are safe and we don’t end up with a situation where a vehicle has been stolen,” Zorgersaid.
Police say they continue to focus on improving the detection of vehicles in Calgary.