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Increase in motor vehicle theft reports in Grande Prairie in March: RCMP

March saw an increase in reports of motor vehicle thefts in the City of Grande Prairie last month. RCMP attended 35 reported incidents between March 1st and 31st, up by nine compared to the same timeframe the previous year.

According to the numbers released by Grande Prairie RCMP, there were 29 possession of stolen property incidents reported last month, 12 more than the same time last year. Thirty-two break-and-enter cases were reported, up two from March 2022. Theft from vehicle cases in the city were down, with officials responding to 30 incidents in March, which is six fewer than in 2022.

In the rural Grande Prairie area, possession of stolen property and break-and-enter cases both were up by two in March, while there was a slight decline in the number of theft of motor vehicle reports, with only eight cases filed last month compared to 10 the year before. Theft from motor vehicles was also down with five reported incidents.

There were 3,233 total incidents reported in the city in March, up from 3,208 the year before. Total incidents in the rural region also increased from 515 in 2022 to 578 in 2023.

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