The Portage la Prairie RCMP are turning their attention to your vehicles as they offer tips to prevent crimes in the city this summer.

Inspector Paul Peddle says locking your doors is key!

"We find, even when we have mischief in the city where criminals are going around checking cars, they'll usually check the car," says Peddle. "If it's locked, they'll move on to the next one. They're looking for vehicles that are left open, with valuables."

Speaking of keys, Peddle says they are still hearing of people who are leaving them in the ignition or in the console.

"We always encourage people to keep their doors locked, and make sure you keep the keys out of the vehicle," says Peddle. "We've had a lot of vehicle thefts over the last year and most of them come back to the fact that the keys are left inside the car."