Stop thief - 5 ways to protect your vehicle

Here are a few steps you can take that will help reduce your risk of having your vehicle stolen:

  • Always roll up car windows, lock the doors and pocket the key when you park your car.
  • Do not keep your liability certificate (pink card) and registration in your glove box. Keep it in your purse or wallet.
  • Never leave your purse in the vehicle, this is an invitation. Put packages in the trunk and if you cannot do so then put on the floor in the back with some type of covering.
  • Never leave your vehicle running unattended, particularly in the winter when you have it warming. Statistics show that 20% of the vehicles that get stolen have keys in them. Do not make it easy for the thief.
  • Take a moment to consider the neighborhood and make a sensible choice where you park. Is the area well-lit and what is close by? At home, park in a garage if possible and lock both the garage and car doors.

There has been moves made by the government to also help with stronger punishment for thieves who get caught.

In Canada the federal government passed Bill S-9, Tackling Auto Theft and Property Obtained by Crime Act, which gives Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) the authority to seize stolen vehicles intended for export.

This new law made changes to the criminal code. Changes include a separate offense for motor vehicle theft supported by tough sentences. Also the offense of altering, destroying or removing a vehicle identification number (VIN) and the offenses of trafficking property obtained by crime and possession of property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking.

This bill is aimed at the organized crime rings that pick certain vehicles which are often exported overseas for resale. Be aware that the IBC reports a professional thief can get into your car in 30 seconds. Do consider an engine-disabling alarm system.


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