According to 2007 ICBC statistics, on an average day in British Columbia 44 vehicles are stolen and 70 vehicles are broken into.
We need everyone’s assistance to combat auto theft and theft from vehicles. You can help by undertaking the following steps:
- invest in a good anti-theft device;
- avoid parking behind fences or hedges;
- park your vehicle in a well lit location at night and during the day;
- engrave all your valuables with your driver’s license number;
- close and lock all doors and windows;
- don’t leave your keys in the ignition;
- don’t leave a spare key in your vehicle;
- avoid leaving parcels, purses, MP3 players, and other valuables in the passenger compartment of your vehicle;
- lock valuables in your trunk to avoid the temptation of someone stealing them. However, many thieves are aware of this practice. Thieves have taken to just breaking into the trunk while vehicles are parked in recreational area parking lots. Ideally, you should leave your valuables at home or take them with you;
- check your license plates to ensure they have not been stolen; and
- park your vehicle facing the street where anyone tampering with it is more likely to be seen.
If you suspect that your vehicle has been tampered with or you see someone suspicious around a parked vehicle, please do not hesitate in calling the Port Moody Police Department at 604-461-3456.