Police are investigating a total of 38 sleds stolen in the Grande Prairie area over the last 87 days, according to Cst. Ellen Archibald.
“Until suspects are arrested, police want to remind owners to be vigilant and take extra precautions to ensure your machine is securely locked,” Cst. Archibald writes. “Owners should record the serial number, VIN number, make and model of their machine(s) as this will be needed in the unfortunate event that your machine is stolen.”
Cst. Archibald says this information is required by both police and insurance companies.
Cst. Archibald is also offering the following advice in reducing the chance of having your sled stolen:
- Always lock your snowmobile and never leave a key in the ignition
- Lock your sled when transporting it on a trailer or in the back of a truck bed
- Disable your tow vehicle when not in use
- Use a heavy gauge chain placed around a fixed, immovable object and through the frame of the snowmobile to prevent being stolen
- Do not secure your snowmobile to any object that can be cut or broken
- Invest in anti-theft devices
If you have any information about these property thefts, contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780 830 5701. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.