Lock It or Lose It

Every year, automobile theft costs Canadians close to $1 billion, including associated costs such as police, court and incarceration costs.   Cars are stolen mainly for four purposes:

·         For sale abroad

·         For sale to unsuspecting customers; in whole or for parts

·         To get somewhere or

·         To commit another crime

A vehicle left unlocked or with an open window is an invitation for easy targeting.  A professional can steal your car in just 30 seconds. 

Tips:

·         Always roll up your vehicle's windows and lock the doors.

·         Never leave a running vehicle unattended.

·         Keep your registration and proof of insurance in your wallet or purse, not in the glove box. 

·         At night or during extended parking periods, always park in a well-lit area.

·         Never leave valuable objects in plain view.  Put them in the trunk or cover with a blanket.

For more info, tips and to rate your vehicle, go to the Insurance Bureau of Canada web site.