Not only do these crimes put police and residents at risk, the stolen cars are often used to commit other crimes.

Not all dramatic, high-risk police video comes from crime-ridden American cities. Sometimes, you need look no further than your local grocery store. The Calgary police are worried about skyrocketing vehicle thefts in the city, and have released a new video showing some of these brazen thefts. The hope is that residents will take notice and heed some simple precautions to help avoid car theft.

The video shows surveillance footage from numerous incidents involving vehicle theft. In one clip taken at a grocery store parking lot, a man who looks to be trying to protect his vehicle is punched before his car is driven away.

Several clips show cars driving off roads, with some purposely driving into oncoming traffic to evade police.

According to law enforcement, there were 4,879 vehicle thefts in Calgary, Alberta in 2016, which is a massive 51 percent increase over the five-year average. In addition, the city averages 12 stolen vehicles per day, and one in four of those have the keys in the ignition. In other words, there's an extremely simple way to cut down on a quarter of those thefts.

Calgary police want the number of thefts to decrease, for several reasons. Not only do these crimes put police and residents at risk, the stolen cars are often used to commit other crimes.

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On that note, the police have given some (admittedly simple) tips for residents to help reduce the number of stolen cars. They include not leaving unattended vehicles running, using a steering wheel lock, always leaving your car locked when you're not with it, and never leaving children unattended in a running vehicle.

By following these tips, we're hoping no one's car ends up in a police surveillance video any time soon.

Source: Calgary Police

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