Vancouver, British Columbia – A “bait car” program in Vancouver has significantly stalled auto crime over the past seven years, according to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).

Thefts have dropped by 71 per cent, with 1,780 fewer vehicles stolen, when comparing the first six months of 2009 to the same period in 2003, according to Kash Heed, Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General. The program, which operates alongside the province-wide bait car strategy run by the Integrated Municipal Police Auto Crime Team (IMPACT), also showed a 27 per cent drop in car theft from June 2008 to June 2009.

“Bait cars are a shining example of how innovation, integration and investment are working to reduce auto theft crime,” Heed said. “The Vancouver Police Department deserves a lot of credit for launching this program, which has also been very successful in other areas of the province.”

The Vancouver Police Department and ICBC piloted the province’s first Bait Cars in Vancouver program in 2002. Due to the initial success of that pilot program, IMPACT and ICBC worked together to expand the program throughout the Lower Mainland in 2004. By 2005, it was expanded further to Vancouver Island, the Interior and North.

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