BC car thieves beware

Posted on Mar 09, 2012

A program operated by Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) that has helped nab hundreds of car thieves across BC has been expanded to cover commercial vehicles, including construction equipment.

Justice Minister and Attorney General Shirley Bond says adding commercial vehicles to the 10-year-old Bait Car program follows current auto crime trends.

The program, believed to be the largest of its kind in the world, was launched after car theft statistics peaked in 2003, and later expanded to include ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles.

Bait vehicles are placed in various areas and include video cameras and engine immobilizers, allowing police to see the thief and remotely disable the vehicle’s engine.

Bond says over last 10 years of the program, 77 of the 80 most-wanted car thieves in BC have been caught.

Fiona Temple, director of road safety for the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC), says auto theft has been reduced by 71% in the last eight years.