Vancouver, British Columbia – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), the provincial government and the integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) have announced new approaches to reduce the theft of Ford F-Series trucks, now the most stolen vehicles in B.C., including free immobilizers for owners of high-risk models.
While the theft rate for most vehicles has declined significantly over the last year, thieves often target the F-Series because many are not immobilized, ICBC said. The groups want to ensure that drivers of these vehicles are using immobilizers to protect against auto theft.
“We have made great strides in reducing auto theft over the past five years in B.C.,” said Solicitor General John van Dongen. “By specifically targeting the most stolen vehicle in B.C., we believe we can build on our successes and further reduce vehicle theft and enhance public safety.”
In 2007, Ford F-Series trucks were the fourth most stolen vehicles in B.C. Now that they are in the number-one spot, ICBC has launched a pilot project in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley to offer owners of non-immobilized 2000 to 2006 F-Series trucks a free electronic immobilizer, up to a value of $160, including installation and tax. Letters will be mailed out this month to 2,200 owners of the vehicles. Those receiving the offer have until December 6, 2008 to book the installation at a participating retailer.
As part of the initiative, IMPACT is also increasing the number of Ford F-Series trucks in its bait car fleet.