Auto Crime Statistics & Prevention
The Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT), are asking vehicle owners to take a moment to think about how they can help prevent auto crime. The theme “T.H.I.N.K. About Auto Crime” encourages drivers to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their vehicles.
THINK is an acronym for:
T - Take your valuables, or
H - Hide valuables out of plain sight
I - Immobilize your vehicle
N - Never idle unattended
K - Key Security (keep track of your keys)
The T.H.I.N.K. acronym reminds vehicle owners of the proactive ways they can keep their vehicles safe and protect their vehicles from becoming crimes of opportunity.
The statistics from 2019 show a 0.2 per cent increase in theft from auto across British Columbia with more significant increases outside of Metro Vancouver. While auto theft across British Columbia decreased by 3.2 per cent in 2019, we still have an opportunity to reduce crime. IMPACT is encouraging drivers to combat preventable thefts with proactive measures like the ‘9 pm Routine’. We ask vehicle owners to check on their vehicle each night at 9pm to ensure it is safe, secure and all measures are made to avoid being a victim of auto crime. Criminals continue to target vehicles for items like: smartphones, personal electronics, sunglasses and cash, but there is always a larger concern with items that have far reaching effects. For example, garage door openers, stolen from a vehicle may be used to gain entry to your home at a later date. Personal items and documents left behind can lead to identity theft.
Removing all valuables from your vehicle while leaving nothing in plain sight can prevent a potential thief from targeting your vehicle. If they walk past your vehicle and see nothing to target, they are more than likely to move past it.