Monday, March 18, 2013
Fraser Valley's top ten stolen vehicles
Sourced by staff from Chilliwack City Hall report
CBC has partnered with Chilliwack RCMP Detachment to help protect drivers of older model vehicles from auto theft. Police Auxiliary Officers and Crime Prevention Volunteers will offer free steering wheel locks to local residents who own a vehicle that does not have an immobilizer installed in it.
Although the number of vehicle thefts and theft from vehicles has decreased in the last few years, last year showed an increase in Chilliwack. We need to remain diligent about all forms of crime because the thieves are still out there waiting for an opportunity.
"RCMP have been told by thieves, if you leave your valuables in plain view, they will steal them."
You can change this, remove all valuables. Thieves know which vehicles are easiest to steal and break into, which is why they target older models that are not equipped with an antitheft device.
The top-ten stolen vehicles
Volunteers will also identify vehicles that are at high risk of auto theft and provide an Operation Lock-Up Flyer, offering a free club steering wheel lock. Those vehicle owners, who receive the offer, will be directed to Chilliwack Community Policing Office to pick up a free steering wheel lock while supplies last.
Top Items Stolen from Vehicles
Auto Crime Prevention Tips
• Invest in a good anti-theft device
• Don't leave anything in your vehicle
• Look for a welt-lit, open area, near pedestrian activity if you're parking outside
• Never assume your vehicle won't attract a thief
• Avoid buildup of old insurance decals when applying new ones
• Be sure to watch the gate close each time you leave or enter secure parking areas
• Keep an extra key with you, not in the vehicle
Note: This list records the make and model of vehicles stolen in B.C. from January 1,2012 to December 31,2012. All vehicles — whether they appear on this list or not — are at risk of theft. To help protect your vehicle, it's worth investing in the best anti-theft system you can afford. Electronicimmobilizers are effective in preventing theft and can qualify vehicle owners for a discount on auto insurance. But no anti-theft device is foolproof.
For more information on anti-theft devices, visit www.icbc.com.
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