Lock Out Auto Theft

  • Tips to Avoid Auto Crime.

  • Remove your keys from the ignition even if you will only be away from your car for a few seconds.

  • Never leave the vehicle running unattended at ATMs, convenience stores, gas stations or warming up in the driveway.

  • Lock all doors and roll-up windows, even if you are running into the store for a brief moment. It takes only seconds to break in.

  • Keep your spare keys in your wallet not in your car.

  • Avoid parking behind fences or hedges and park in a well-lit area near pedestrian traffic.

  • When at home, park inside a garage whenever possible or use motion lights on your driveway at night.

  • After opening an automatic gate to underground parking, watch out for thieves waiting to slip inside.  Wait for the gate to close behind you.

     Apartment Managers or Strata Councils may contact local Police or ICBC to obtain
    free signs for parking areas advising residents how to lock out crime and 'Wait for the Gate to Close'.

  • Engrave your stereo and other onboard valuables with your driver's license number. 

  • Remove all property from your vehicle before you leave. This includes CDs, cell phones, purses, wallets, clothing, and bags and garage door openers.

  •  Items you cannot take with you should be placed out of sight or put into the trunk BEFORE you park at that location.

  • Invest in a good anti-theft device. Such as a club (steering wheel lock) an alarm, or a kill-switch device on the ignition or fuel system. (Immobilizer).

  • If you're vehicle will be left unattended for an extended length of time consider removing the electronic ignition fuse, coil wire or rotor distributor to disable your vehicle.

  • Install a locking fuel cap.

  • Keep your registration papers in you trunk, your wallet or secure it in another location. Do not keep it in the glove compartment. Place a piece of paper over your address & signature then photocopy. Then if your vehicle is stolen the thieves can't steal the car and go directly to your home.

  •  If you see any suspicious person or activity near a vehicle, call the police immediately.

 Excuses...Excuses

My car's not worth anything.
What would it cost you to replace it?

My car is old, nobody would want it.
Thieves don't care, as long as it runs.

Insurance will cover it.
Who pays the deductible, what about the inconvenience?
What about the cost of increased insurance coverage for everyone?

It doesn't happen here.
It happens everywhere including White Rock.

It is the police's job to protect our property.
The police can't be everywhere all the time... it's everyone's responsibility.

Anti-theft devices don't work.
Passive immobilizers are effective and cost efficient.

Immobilizers are too expensive.
The theft will cost you more... do you want to take the chance?

Beware of “Hot” Used Vehicle Deals

  • Be suspicious of any deal which seems to good to be true.

  • The title and registration of the vehicle should be in the name and the address of the person selling the vehicle. You can ask to see the sellers driver's license.

  • Be cautious of a seller with no fixed address, telephone number or place of employment.

  • Ask the seller for references regarding the past financing and insurance on the vehicle. Verify the information with the bank, finance company or agent.

  • Check the date on the top line of the registration to see how long the seller has owned the vehicle.

  • Be sure the vehicle identification number (VIN) plate is present on the vehicle's dash.

  • The VIN on the dash must match the VIN on the registration, and the federal safety inspection sticker on the driver's door.

  • VIN plates may be removed and replaced with one from a similar wrecked vehicle. If in doubt about a plates authenticity check with a new car dealer who handles the same model or contact your local police.

  • If the VIN plate is scratched, bent or missing rivets, tampering may have occurred.

  • Beware of a loose dashboard.

  • An excessively loose ignition switch may indicate tampering. Check the switch for chisel or pull marks.

  • Be wary of a fresh coat of paint on a newer vehicle. This may indicate an attempt to hide the vehicle's identity or a collision.

  • Check the inspection and license plate stickers to be sure they are current.

  • If the seller provides you with only reproduced keys for a newer model vehicle, be suspicious.

For more information visit ICBC  or contact your local police. Search vehicles by VIN on the Canadian Police Information Centre.