Car Theft in Surrey Continues to Drop | Automotive Training Centre

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Back in 2003, there were over 8000 vehicles stolen in Surrey, making it the “Car Theft Capital of Canada.”  Since then, overall car theft rates in BC areas have been on a constant decline, which means we can all breathe a little easier.

The drop in theft rates is partially due to the new strategies being implemented by the RCMP and police collaboration at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. One strategy involves putting more officers on the job and developing smarter investigations, by mapping crime reports to locate hot spots.

You’d think that as the cops started using smarter tactics, the thieves would adapt and start thinking of new and smarter ways to steal cars. But that’s far from the truth. In 2006, RCMP officials were led to a man who was suspect of a string of local car thefts. The clue? The thief had “grand theft auto” tattooed across his back. Not exactly the most slick crook out there. Needless to say, the man was caught and charged.

But, even without criminals that have blatant tattoos, Surrey’s car theft rate dropped by 28%, which is pretty big drop. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for White Rock, whose car theft rate jumped by 38%. That’s more work for police, and people with auto careers in the area should probably take a few extra minutes to decide if a new car on the lot is hot.

According to the Insurance Corporation of BC, the top three stolen vehicles are:

3. Honda Accord

2. Honda Civic

1. Ford F-series pickup truck

As those of you in auto sales and leasing know, the fact that these are some of the most popular car choices with consumers is one of the main reasons they’re more likely to get poached. But is that the only reason? We’re pretty sure if we combine all of our automotive training together we could think of a few more reasons. Any ideas?

Categories: BC Auto Industry News
Tags: automotive training, car theft, surrey auto industry

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