Feature Story                                                                                           Friday, September 12, 2014


Digitized Tips

Police to use electronic sign to reinforce messages around auto crime

Released by Cst. Ashley St. Germaine, Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD/Photo submitted


Drivers will be seeing a new mobile digital reader board displaying auto crime anti-theft tips around Chilliwack in the future.


ecent statistics of thefts from vehicles in the Chilliwack area indicate that nearly 50% are preventable. Despite ongoing publicity around auto crime, Chilliwack residents continue to leave valuables in their vehicles.

In the coming days, Chilliwack residents will be seeing an electronic sign advertising what they can do to protect themselves and their property against auto crime. “Auto crimes are often crimes of opportunity. By educating the public about auto crime and the adoption of safety tips, we can take this opportunity away from criminals” says Cst. Ashley St. Germaine.

Chilliwack auto crime statistics have shown that 66% of thefts from vehicles involved the theft of garage door openers which can lead to break and enters of residences. Police recommend keeping garage door openers out of sight or leaving them out of vehicles.


Police recommend these additional safety tips:

• Invest in a good anti-theft device.
• Park in well-lit areas, near pedestrian traffic.
• Record the serial numbers of your property and engrave your property so it can be identified.
• Lock the doors to your vehicle and roll up the windows.
• Don’t keep the spare key to your vehicle in the vehicle.
• Do not set the ‘Home’ function on your GPS device, pick an intersection nearby instead.
• Never assume your vehicle won’t attract a thief
• Avoid buildup of old insurance decals when applying for new ones.
• Do not leave valuables in your vehicle, including wallets, loose change, purses, cell phones, GPS units, laptops, cameras or passports.
• If you see any suspicious persons or activities near a vehicle, call the police immediately.

Chilliwack RCMP is committed to working with the community to help prevent these types of crime and identify those who are responsible. If you have any information on these types of crime, please contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). For further information on ways to prevent auto-crime, please visit www.bc.rcmp.ca.




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