More people are trying to steal cars in Regina this year compared to 2013, the Regina Police Service says.

According to its monthly crime statistics update, released Wednesday, there were 229 motor vehicle thefts or attempted thefts in the first four months of the year.

That's a 30 per cent increase from the same period last year, when there were 145 thefts and 31 attempted thefts.

Police told CBC News that people leaving their keys in their cars continues to be a problem.

Saskatoon has also been experiencing a spike in auto thefts this year.

For just the month of April, the Regina statistics show crimes against the person are down 2.3 per cent compared to April 2013, while property crimes are up 5.8 per cent.