- Keep your spare keys in your wallet, not in your car.
- Invest in a good anti-theft device.
- Close windows and lock doors. Take your possessions with you.
- Never leave your vehicle unattended while it warms up – even for
just for a minute.
- Never leave valuables in your car (especially visible and on your seat) as they provide too much temptation for potential thieves.
- Never leave your car keys unattended (e.g. in a gym locker); try and keep your keys with you at all times.
- Don’t leave the holder for your GPS unit (or other hand held devices) visible as it may alert thieves that valuables may be stored in your car (e.g., glove box).
- At home, light your driveway all night or park in a well-lit area near pedestrian traffic.
- After opening an automatic gate to underground parking, watch out for thieves waiting to slip inside. Wait for the gate to close behind you.
- Avoid parking behind fences or hedges.
- Ensure you don’t “pillow” your insurance decal (valtag) by layering year after year. It allows a criminal to easily remove the stack with a straight razor which then gets sold to an uninsured driver.
- If you see any suspicious person or activity near a vehicle, call the police immediately.
Anti Theft Devices
There are numerous anti-theft devices on the market. These include, steering wheel locks, automatic engine shut offs, satellite tracking, window etching, and car alarms.
For a complete review of anti-theft devices, visit www.icbc.com.