• Alejandra Johnson

April is Auto Crime Prevention Month

by: Harvey Kooner, BBA Road Safety & Community Coordinator

North Shore, Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast & Powell River Public Affairs & Licensing Division ICBC building trust. driving confidence.

As a valuable road safety partner we want to keep you informed about upcoming campaigns. Every April we partner with IMPACT to promote auto crime prevention. Usually during this campaign, following IMPACT’s Campaign launch, we connect with our police and volunteer partners on tactics like crime prevention notices, stolen auto recovery, community “Pop Up” events in high crime areas and steering wheel lock promotions.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic we are unable to participate in these types of activities. Because of physical distancing resulting in many people working from home and some having to self isolate for 14 days, there are many fewer vehicles on the road. With vehicles being parked for days at a time the risk of auto crime increases. ICBC requests that you support the IMPACT THINK Campaign to raise awareness of how to reduce the risk of theft of and theft from vehicle.

If owners and drivers T.H.I.N.K. ahead and have taken safety precautions such as making sure the doors are locked and any personal valuables have been secured or hidden out of sight, then auto crime can be prevented from occurring.

Once again this year, IMPACT and ICBC are promoting the ‘9pm Routine’ which encourages vehicle owners to check on their vehicle each night at 9pm to ensure it is safe and secure and all measures are made to avoid being a victim of auto crime.

The statistics from the past year show a 0.2 per cent increase in auto theft across British Columbia with a 4.4% increase outside Metro Vancouver. This past year also saw a 4.3 per cent increase in theft from auto across British Columbia and a 12.0 percent increase outside of Metro Vancouver.

Some helpful tips include:

  • Always lock your vehicle

  • Never leave duplicate sets of keys in your vehicle (including a ‘valet’ key)

  • Park in high traffic, well-lit areas

  • Remove all valuables and personal items

  • Leave nothing in plain sight (sunglasses, wallets, cash, garage door openers, etc.)

For social media please use #lockoutautocrime

More safety tips can be found here: http://www.baitcar.com/prevention

And https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/prevent-autocrime/Pages/Default.aspx

For more information and to see a list of Wanted Auto Crime Offenders in BC, please visit: www.baitcar.com/wanted


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