Three Hills RCMP participate in province-wide “Operation Cold Start” to educate the communities policed by the Three Hills RCMP on how to keep their vehicles safe

Written by ECA Review

With the cold winter temperatures, the Three Hills RCMP are reminding everyone to ensure their vehicle is never unattended or unlocked with keys nearby or in the ignition. Approximately 25% of stolen vehicles in Alberta are stolen while idling and these thefts are far more prevalent in the cold winter months. Vehicles can be stolen in seconds by thieves lying in wait. Often times, thieves will look for people who start their vehicles and then leave them unattended as they return in their houses or into a store.


Three Hills RCMP is taking action through “Operation Cold Start” from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, from 6-9 a.m. This initiative will see police officers patrolling for unattended idling vehicles to determine if they are locked and/or have the keys in the ignition. Officers will work to educate owners on the various ways they may keep their property safe.


Here are some tips to help keep vehicles safe:

  • If possible, look into command start options as a means to warm your vehicle.
  • When starting your car, or allowing the engine to warm up prior to driving, ensure that you are in the vehicle.
  • Never leave valuable items like purses, wallets, keys or change in an unoccupied vehicle.
  • Always place keys to vehicles in a safe place, out of plain sight and in a secure location.
  • Lock vehicle doors all the time, even if you are parked in your driveway or garage at home.
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended if it is running or the keys are in it


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