April is Auto Crime Enforcement and Awareness Month in B.C. We’re supporting the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) and the B.C. government on highlighting this important issue.
For a decade there have been significant decreases in auto crime in B.C. due to increased public awareness, police enforcement including the Bait Car program and legislation requiring new vehicles to be equipped with immobilizers. Vancouver Community Policing and Vancouver Police Citizens’ Crime Watch volunteer auto crime patrols and Vancouver Police Block Watch have played a significant role in raising awareness and preventing auto crime.
However, in 2014, according to police data, vehicle thefts increased by 31 per cent in B.C. and break-ins increased by 17 per cent compared to 2013.
ICBC auto crime data is not available due to a transition to a new claims system. We anticipate ICBC data to be available in the summer 2015. We are using Police reported data:
In January and February of 2015, there have been increases in theft from vehicles when compared to the same period in 2014. January 2015 also shows an increase in theft of vehicles when compared to January 2014.