April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month: "Don't leave your keys for thieves."
March 24, 2016
This April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month in B.C. and the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT), the Province of British Columbia and Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) are encouraging vehicle owners to help protect their property and "Don't leave your keys for thieves".
"Our roads and our communities are safer as a result of the outstanding work of the men and women of IMPACT, and I am thankful for their efforts," said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris. "We all need to do our part to help IMPACT and other police agencies build on the gains we've made in reducing auto crime over the past decade. Remember our call to action - don't leave your keys for thieves!"
IMPACTS's data shows a two-percent decrease in auto theft over the past year after the first increase in 10 years in 2014.
"With changes in technology, thieves now need keys or fobs to steal newer model vehicles. Unfortunately many people leave these in their vehicles," said RCMP Superintendent Brendan Fitzpatrick on behalf of IMPACT. "We need to remind the public that even if items are not visible, car thieves will find them once they break in. We are seeing this particularly with valet keys, house keys and building fobs, hence our theme this year of Don't leave your keys for thieves.
"It's important we don't let our guard down to protect ourselves from auto crime. Thieves are looking for opportunities to steal or break into your vehicle, so keep your keys secure at all times, lock your vehicle and remove valuables. We'll continue to invest in auto crime prevention because less crime benefits everyone and helps control claims costs and keep rates as low as possible," said Steve Yendall, Vice President of Insurance and Driver Licensing at ICBC.
Keeping a vehicle safe requires a conscious effort for vehicle owners to take all items with them, every time they leave their vehicle. Additional safety tips include:
Do not leave your vehicle unattended while it is running
Do not leave your smart keys, valet or emergency keys in the vehicle while it's unoccupied
Invest in an anti-theft device, especially with older model vehicles
More safety tips can be found at www.baitcar.com
For more information, and to see the "Top 10 Auto Crime Offenders and "Top 10 items stolen from vehicles", please visit www.baitcar.com
Corporal Rob Stephenson
Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT)
Sam Corea (ICBC)