April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month. This year the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT), the Province of British Columbia, and ICBC are asking vehicle owners to avoid tempting criminals. The theme of “Lock it or Looted” suggests that if owners are not locking their vehicle doors, they are susceptible to crimes of opportunity.
The statistics from the past year show that in British Columbia the number of thefts from vehicles dropped by less than a percent due to an increase in the number of thefts from vehicles in parts of the province outside the Lower Mainland.
What thieves are looking for is opportunity. Vehicle owners are being cautioned to not leave themselves vulnerable to victimization.
Top 10 most common items stolen from vehicles:
- Personal electronics – tablets, laptops, GPS
- Work tools
- Credit cards
- Identification and documents
- Cash and change
- Car parts and accessories
- Garage door openers
In order to keep vehicles safe, it requires a conscious effort by the owners. Some helpful tips include:
- Do not leave your vehicle running with the keys in the ignition.
- Park in a locked, secure garage, or a well-lit, high-traffic area.
- Remove unsecured possessions from your vehicle. Anything that might tempt a thief.
- Install an alarm system.
- Always lock your vehicle.
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