March 8, 2012
BC Gov't News
Big Fish Bite If You Got Good Bait
Car thefts in
Chilliwack plunging from 2003 high as bait car keeps reeling them in
Released by the BC Gov't Caucus
year 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the Province's Bait Car
Program - and March also happens to be Auto Crime Enforcement Month.
"Bait cars work, pure and
simple. The good work of IMPACT and the Bait Car Program has
dramatically reduced the number of auto thefts in my community, and
we're seeing similar results right across the province," said
Chilliwack MLA John Les in a release Wednesday.
Since 2002, British
Columbia has been the most successful region in North America in
decreasing auto crime.
Why this matters:
• Since 2003, car theft incidents
reported to ICBC have been reduced by 72 percent in Chilliwack,
decreasing from 750 in 2003 to 200 in 2011. Theft-from-vehicle
incidents have been reduced by 65 percent - from 720 in 2003 to 250
• The Bait Car Program has been integral in making our communities
safer to live and work by targeting car thieves with innovative and
• Due to the success of the Bait Car program, British Columbians are
now less likely to be victims of auto crime.
The Bait Car Program was started in 2002 and has since been
remarkably effective at reducing auto crime across the province.
• British Columbia is home to North America's largest Bait Car
Program while IMPACT (Integrated Municipal Provincial auto Crime
Team), keeps the fleet up to date with modern theft practices.
• Bait trailers were introduced last year and commercial vehicles
are coming out this year as part of program upgrades.
• In 2011, auto car theft dropped 20 percent which builds on the
previous year's 22 percent drop.
Top 7 ways to protect
your vehicle from theft:
1. If you have an older vehicle not equipped with an immobilizer -
use an anti-theft device.
2. Park in secure, well-lit areas.
3. Remove your valuables.
4. Always lock doors and close windows, even if you are just away
from your vehicles for a few minutes.
5. Keep your garage door opener out of sight.
6. If parking on the street outside your residence, take your garage
door opener with you.
7. Wait for the garage door gate to close behind you.
For more information on the Bait Car Program visit:
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