December 8, 2004


Thefts from cars higher during the Holiday season

Burnaby, B.C. – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) is urging vehicle owners to be more vigilant during the Christmas season. Last December, 40 per cent of all claims reported to BCAA Insurance were theft related, the highest rate for any month in the past three years.

“With the hustle and bustle of the season already here, it’s easy to get
caught up in festivities and get caught off guard,” says BCAA Claims Manager
Graham Haigh. “This is the time to be extra vigilant with your household
possessions and vehicles. Thieves are out at work hunting down high-value
items that they can easily sell such as electronics, sporting equipment and
jewellery.

To avoid becoming a target for theft, BCAA recommends that vehicle owners take the following precautions:

  • Don’t leave any valuables visible in your car, or even in your trunk. Thieves can spot items being loaded into a trunk from across the street or parking lot.
  • Avoid using your car for storage of golf clubs, ski/snowboard equipment, tools and car stereos. These items are tempting targets for thieves.

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