Auto crime stats reduced
There are fewer auto-related crimes in Vernon.
The Insurance Corporation of B.C. reports a 74 per cent decrease in vehicle thefts in the community in 10 years, while there was a 78 per cent drop in thefts from vehicles.
“ICBC numbers are likely different than ours but it mirrors the trend we’ve been noticing,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.
It’s believed a primary reason for the reduction in thefts is the ongoing police focus on prolific offenders.
“These individuals that are on our radar are responsible for a lot of crimes,” said Molendyk, adding that increased public awareness has also helped.
“There is the bait car program and the newer cars have better security systems.”
In 2013, there were 80 vehicle thefts in Vernon, according to ICBC. That compares to 91 in 2012 and 310 in 2003.
For thefts from vehicles, ICBC says there were 79 in 2013, up from 68 in 2012 but down from 350 in 2003.
While crime statistics are moving downwards, Molendyk is urging residents not to become complacent.
“There are always individuals trying to make an easy dollar,” he said, adding that the best way to prevent would-be thieves is to ensure vehicles are locked and no valuables are left within sight.