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Police help drivers lock out car thieves

Hundreds of Calgary motorists got a surprise Christmas gift from police yesterday.

Hundreds of Calgary motorists got a surprise Christmas gift from police yesterday.

Teaming with the Alberta Motor Association, officers distributed steering wheel locks and memorabilia outlining measures Calgarians can take to reduce vehicle theft around the holidays.

This was the third year police have run the initiative, known officially as Operation Safety Club.

“I think education is a big part of it, trying to get people to lock their doors ... keep all those valuables out of sight or not in the vehicle at all,” said Jud Niven, community liaison officer for District 2.

Michelle Caplan was overjoyed to receive a steering wheel lock while on a shopping trip at Westbrook Mall.

“It was great,” said Caplan, who drives a Toyota Camry. “I’m a little bit paranoid about the valuables left in my car. I tend to always make sure I put anything that’s of value in the trunk, but even then you still worry that someone’s going to get into the car and try to steal it.”

 
 
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