How to protect your vehicle from being a target
VANCOUVER, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The 2010 Winter Games coincide with February's Auto Crime Enforcement month in British Columbia, with the theme of 'Securing the Best Winter Games Possible - Making Auto Crime a Priority'. This is happening at the same time our province is seeing the largest influx of visitors in our history - estimated at 250,000.
While auto theft numbers in BC are at a six-year low, more visitors can lead to more opportunities for auto thieves. ICBC is warning all motorists to follow these key tips to protect themselves from auto crime during and after the 2010 Winter Games:
- Location, location, location: VANOC has a goal of reducing vehicle
traffic by 30 percent in key event areas, so we encourage everyone to
use transit during the Games whenever possible. But if you do need to
drive part of the way to an event, then park at one of the official
Park & Ride locations for the 2010 Winter Games. These locations will
be protected by the strategic deployment of B.C.'s Bait Car program,
which has helped cut auto crime in half since 2003.
- Park smart: If you are unable to park at a secured location, then look
for a good alternative that will make any auto thief think twice
before stealing your vehicle. Well-lit, open areas, near significant
pedestrian activity are an ideal choice when parking outside. Key
places to avoid are parking behind fences or hedges, which give
thieves cover from being seen. If using a parkade, choose one where
you must pay on the way out. Car thieves don't mind stealing your car,
but they won't pay for your parking and generally avoid these parking
- Keep it under lock: Steering wheel locks, like The Club, are a good
option to protect your vehicle. They cost as little as $15 and provide
a strong visual deterrent for auto thieves. Just the sight of an anti-
theft device inside a car will put off many thieves who are looking
for an easy vehicle to steal and will likely go for the one without
any sign of an anti-theft device.
- It's not always about your vehicle: Once you have protected your
vehicle from being stolen, it's important that you also do what you
can to avoid being a victim of the other big auto crime threat -
vehicle break-ins. When thinking about what items to remove from your
vehicle, start with the obvious - take your keys with you (and close
your windows and lock your doors, even if you are only going to be
away for just a few moments). While it's important to remove any
valuables from your car - such as travel documents, event tickets or
other personal possessions - you should go a step further and remove
everything from your vehicle, even bags with nothing valuable in them.
Thieves will break your window just to find out if you have anything
of value to steal.
- Be a good citizen: If you spot any suspicious activity around parked
vehicles, then report it to the nearest Olympic attendant or security
officer. You can play a role in helping to make these the most secure
and best Winter Games possible.
For further information: For further information: Media contact: Adam Grossman, (604) 982-1332