While the auto theft rate has been dropping in B.C., any vehicle—and what's in it—is still at risk. Here are some tips on protecting your vehicle, and how that can help you save.
You can greatly reduce the risk of theft with these common-sense strategies:
Each type of anti-theft device has benefits. Make sure you get an experienced
professional to install your alarm or electronic immobilizer—you’ll get
better performance and less risk of damage to your vehicle.
Here are some details on each device and how it protects your vehicle.
An engine with an immobilizer won't start until it recognizes a computer chip in the ignition key. It's the highest level of protection.For maximum protection, choose a device that will prevent your vehicle from being started even if the device is damaged or torn from the vehicle.Be careful where you keep your keys after you park. Some auto thieves even break into homes in search of keys to deactivate immobilizers.
Draws attention to would-be thieves with sirens, beeps and other loud noises. Some systems trigger flashing lights too.
After-market steering wheel locking bars and transmission locks are good visual deterrents. But it may not be enough protection if your vehicle has a moderate to high risk of being stolen.
Strange but true: an older vehicle is at high risk of being stolen or broken into.
That's because they often don't have an effective anti-theft device and are easy to steal. Most new vehicles come equipped with theft deterrents. All new cars, vans, light trucks and SUVs built in Canada must be equipped with anti-theft engine immobilizers as of Sept. 1, 2007.
Remember that what's in your vehicle is also at risk. According to police reports, these items were the most popular with thieves in 2013:
Talk to your local Autoplan broker about how you can save money when you protect your vehicle against theft.
A passive electronic immobilizer could make you eligible for a discount on your Comprehensive or Specified Perils Autoplan insurance.
Using an anti-theft device for your vehicle could also get you a $100 rebate on the deductible you pay for an insurance claim. We'll rebate you when:
Your properly installed and activated anti-theft device prevented your vehicle from being stolen and
There's evidence of intent to steal the vehicle.
You may also get a $100 rebate if your vehicle's stolen and recovered, with evidence your anti-theft device was compromised.
Note: the discount and rebate don't apply to trailers or motorcycles.
ICBC invests in auto crime prevention programs like Bait Car because less crime benefits everyone in B.C., and helps us keep rates as low as possible.
The Bait Car program began in B.C. in 2002 and ICBC has been a proud partner and supporter from the start. At that time, auto crime was on the rise and our province had one of the highest rates of car theft in North America. In 2013, there were 75 per cent fewer vehicle thefts in B.C. compared to 2003.
Operated by the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT), B.C. has the largest bait car fleet in North America. Now IMPACT has enhanced the program by adding bait property to help clamp down on theft from vehicles.
Supported by our award-winning advertising campaigns, auto thieves are now aware that Bait Cars are everywhere: Steal a Bait Car—Go to Jail.
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