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Auto Crime Prevention

Auto crime is a persistent threat in BC. You can help to reduce these opportunities for thieves by identifying the risks and protecting against them.   Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

Click here for public access to CPIC, where the public can search for property or motor vehicles that have been reported stolen.  If your search results in a negative report and you are still faced with suspicions, we encourage you to drop into your local detachment to speak to someone.  It's important to remember that, even though we encourage reporting, not all stolen items are reported in a timely manner.  

What you can do:

• Never leave your keys unguarded, such as at the gym or at the office.
• Park in secure, well-lit areas
• Always lock your vehicle
• Remove valuables from your vehicle or at least out of sight
• Keep your garage door opener out of sight
• Use an electronic engine immobilizer or steering wheel lock
• Don’t store a spare key in your vehicle

According to BC Policing reports the most popular items taken from vehicles are:

1. Smartphones
2. Personal electronics – tables, laptops, iPods, GPS
3. Work tools
4. Credit Cards and identification
5. Stereo equipment
6. Cash and change
7. Car parts and accessories
8. Garage door openers
9. Sunglasses
10. Keys

The Community Policing Office is partnered with ICBC through community based programs such as Lock Out Auto Crime and the Stolen Auto Recovery program.
Along with the comfort of knowing you have done what you can to prevent auto theft ICBC also offers discounts or rebates. 

Click here to find out more.