VANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC is urging motorists to help prevent automobile-related crime this holiday season by keeping their vehicles safe from break-ins and thefts.
To help prevent break-ins, ICBC has five key prevention tips:
- Keep valuables, gifts and parcels out of sight in the trunk and don’t leave them in the vehicle for long periods of time. Even items such as change and pop cans can tempt thieves.
- While shopping, try not to unload gifts in your vehicle and then leave it unattended in the same parking spot.
- Park in well-lit areas and use parking lots frequented by others.
- Always lock your doors and close your windows, even if you’re away from your vehicle for just a minute.
- Keep your keys secure at all times. Don’t leave your keys unguarded — even at a restaurant or the gym. Treat your keys like cash.
In 2015, 9,200 vehicle break-ins were reported to ICBC from across the province. Though the vast majority of vehicle break-ins occurred in the Lower Mainland, 210 vehicle break-ins were reported in the North Central region. The average cost of a vehicle break-in claim reported to ICBC is approximately $1,100.