April Auto Theft Prevention Month
Prince George, B.C. – When it comes to vehicle theft in areas outside the lower mainland, 4 of the top ten vehicles stolen last year were pick up trucks. Across the entire province, 50 per cent of the top 10 vehicles stolen last year were pickups.
April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month and the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT), the Province of British Columbia, and ICBC are encouraging vehicle owners, especially owners of pickup trucks, to prevent auto theft and secure their vehicle.
While theft of vehicles was down 4.8 per cent last year, IMPACT’s data shows that Ford F Series pickup trucks were the most common vehicle stolen in B.C.—1209 stolen in 2016. This is closely followed by Dodge, GMC/Chevy and Toyota pickup trucks. Every day, an average of 32 vehicles of all types were stolen in B.C. in 2016.
Older vehicles are easier targets because they are less likely to have an electronic engine immobilizers installed.
IMPACT is also warning people to be alert and simply not leave items on display in their vehicles. Theft of property from a vehicle was up 10.7 per cent in 2016.
In the most recent statistics provided by Prince George RCMP Superintendent Warren Brown, thefts of vehicles over $5,000 in Prince George were up last year by 9% over the previous year. There were 139 such thefts in 2016 compared to 127 in both 2015 and 2014 and 102 thefts of vehicles over $5000 in 2013.
We urge the public to do their part to reduce auto crime, says Inspector Brian MacDonald Officer in Charge of IMPACT.
Lock your vehicle, protect your keys, use an antitheft device, and remove valuables from your vehicle. This will go a long way to prevent auto crime. Remember, your vehicle is a display case for thieves. Don`t make it easy for them.
Keeping your vehicle safe requires a conscious effort by all vehicle owners. Here are some anti-theft tips for truck owners:
- Don’t leave your vehicle running and unattended with the key in the ignition.
- Park in a locked garage, or a well-lit, highly-visible, high-traffic area. Back into a parking stall, and park with your truck’s tailgate close to a building or other vehicle to prevent the tailgate from being opened.
- Remove unsecured possessions from your vehicle—smartphones, shopping bags, tools, cash, briefcase, or garage door opener. Remove everything that could tempt a thief..
- Install an alarm system in your vehicle with a tailgate actuator that locks at the same time as the other doors.
- Attached an antitheft device. A well-secured car will deter thieves.
- Always lock your tailgate. Many trucks have factory-installed locks, and aftermarket lock assemblies are also available. Or, attach a tailgate padlock, simple hose, or a locking easy clamp where the tailgate lifts out.
- Report suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities to police as soon as possible.
More safety tips can be found at: http://www.baitcar.com/top-ten/ways-protect-vehicle-belongings