RCMP would like to provide the public with the following tips and best practices in an attempt to prevent theft of Motor Vehicles or Theft from Motor Vehicles.

Best Practices:

  • Do not leave any property in your vehicle or expect to find it gone when you return later. Typical items stolen from vehicles include purses, wallets, credit cards, GPS units, passports, house keys, cash, clothing and sunglasses.
     
  • Do not leave any personal identification in an unattended vehicle or you could become a victim of identity theft. (includes drivers licence, financial documents, credit/debit information or any mail that could identify who you are) Often, the thieves are taking only identification and credit cards from purses, but leave the purse behind and the owner may not realize a theft has occurred until much later. Once armed with a few cards, thieves are able to then apply for, and receive loans in your name, additional credit cards, and cash advances. If you don’t notice the theft for a number of days, the damage done could be extensive.
     
  • Invest in a good anti-theft device, particularly a passive immobilizer. Use a steering wheel lock every time you park your vehicle.
     
  • Do not set the 'Home' function on your GPS device to your home address, but rather to a nearby intersection, thereby not allowing the suspects to know exactly where you live.
     
  • Do not keep your garage door opener in your vehicle along with any identifying information as this could result in directing the suspects directly to your residence.
     
  • Always wait for an automatic gate to close behind you when entering or leaving a controlled parking area.
     
  • Do not keep spare keys to your vehicle in the vehicle. Police see this happen all the time. What would have been the theft of some change in the ashtray, turns into a theft of a vehicle.
     
  • If you see any suspicious persons or activities near a vehicle, call the police immediately. Let the police determine if it’s a crime in progress.
     
  • Park in open, visible areas. Avoid parking behind fences and hedges.
     
  • At home, light your driveway at night. Elsewhere, park in well lit areas near pedestrian traffic.
     
  • Engrave your stereo and other on-board valuables with your Driver’s License number. This allows any officer that locates your stolen items to seize them and arrest the person in possession of them.
     
  • When fueling your vehicle, ensure that you have your vehicle's key with you at all times and lock your vehicle when you go in to pay.

This article is from the "E" Division web page, which can be viewed at:
http://bc.rcmp.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=87&languageId=1&contentId=26190