Theft of vehicles is on the rise in Prince George

Prince George

2022-01-24 09:36 PST

The extreme cold in Prince George brought with it an unfortunate side effect – an increase in auto theft.

Since the beginning of November 2021, vehicle theft has risen by 50% in Prince George. The common theme among these thefts: the vehicles were idling with the keys in the ignition. While the extreme cold temperatures make it tempting to leave your vehicle idling to warm up, without a remote start or other anti-theft device, they become an easy target for theft.

It takes only a few seconds for a thief to gain access to your vehicle and drive away with it. Even if you think you’re only going to be running quickly into the house or a store, that is all the time a thief needs to steal your car, states Cpl. Jennifer Cooper, media spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP.

In addition to vehicle-theft rising, the location of the thefts has shifted. While in 2020 most vehicles were stolen from store parking lots, this year 75% of the vehicles stolen were sitting in residential driveways, and none of the vehicles were left unattended for more than fifteen minutes.

Prince George RCMP and ICBC have some tips to help avoid being a victim of car theft:

Any unsecured vehicle is a target for auto crime, said Doug Mac Donald, local ICBC road safety coordinator. Also remember to remove any valuables including smartphones, laptops, backpacks and packages.

Tips to avoid car theft 

Tips to avoid auto theft - Punjabi

If you have any information about this or any other criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Released by

Cpl. Jennifer Cooper

Communications NCO / Media Relations Officer
Prince George RCMP
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
Office: 250-561-3300


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