April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month - “Keep in mind what you leave behind”
B.C., Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT)
2021-03-31 09:00 PDT
Hand sanitizers and masks have become normal parts of our daily routines throughout this past year. During Auto Crime Enforcement Month, the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT), Government of BC, and ICBC, are asking vehicle owners to add auto crime safety precautions to their regular practices.
There are many ways you can protect yourselves and your vehicles from becoming a target of auto crime. Our theme this year -
keep in mind, what you leave behind - is a reminder to think about how you leave your vehicle when you park it.
- Lock your vehicle?
- Remove or hide all valuables and belongings?
- Ensure keys are with you and not left in vehicle?
- Park in a well-lit, high traffic area?
- Use an immobilizer?
Statistically, we noticed a decrease in both theft of vehicles (by 20.6%) and theft from vehicles (by 24.2%) last year in 2020, we think largely because of the pandemic, says Inspector Rob Vermeulen, Officer in Charge of IMPACT.
Many places where people would normally visit and park their cars were closed, so there were far less opportunities for these auto crimes to occur. As we move forward this year and restrictions begin to ease, we want to make sure that vehicle owners keep up their safety routines, and avoid becoming a victim of auto crime.
Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
People need to remain vigilant about the security of their vehicles and what’s inside them, particularly if you are not using your vehicle as much during the pandemic. Make sure you check on your vehicle regularly, ensure it remains locked, and don’t leave keys, garage door openers or anything in the vehicle that could make it easier for a criminal to steal from your vehicle, garage or even your home.
Lindsay Matthews, ICBC Vice President Public Affairs and Driver Licensing
Auto crime is not only an upsetting and inconvenient experience for our customers, but also adds pressure on claims costs. Thieves are adapting and changing their strategies to get into your car or truck, so don’t leave your keys unguarded and lock your vehicle at all times. Taking action to prevent auto crime not only helps to control claims costs, but also helps make our communities and roads safer.
For more information on IMPACT, prevention tips, and the list of Wanted Auto Crime Offenders in BC, please visit www.baitcar.com
Inspector Rob Vermeulen
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
ICBC Media Relations
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