Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy
April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month, and West Vancouver Police along with the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) are encouraging everyone to take precautionary steps to ensure they don’t become the next victim of auto-related crime.
This year’s theme ties into the international crime prevention initiative, called the ‘9 pm Routine’. The ‘9 pm Routine’ is a social media initiative, created by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office from Pasco County, Florida which encourages residents to secure their valuables and lock their vehicle doors, daily at 9 pm. Their primary goal has been to cut down on easily preventable thefts.
According to statistics released by IMPACT, incidents of theft from vehicles in British Columbia increased in 2018, up 4.2% in a year-over-year comparison to 2017. In contrast, theft of autos decreased in 2018 by 13.2%.
In West Vancouver, theft from vehicles also increased in 2018, up 5.5% in a year-over-year comparison to 2017.
By encouraging the ‘9pm Routine’ and the theme to “Check your doors, before they do”, West Vancouver Police and IMPACT aim to reduce the occurrences of thefts from auto and reduce auto crime in British Columbia.
Participating in the ‘9pm Routine’ takes a few simple steps:
- Leave nothing in plain sight
- Remove valuables and personal items
- Lock and secure your vehicle
- Make a daily habit to do this by 9pm each night
If possible, park your vehicle in a well-lit area and install sensor lights on your home or property nearby driveways. Consider installing surveillance cameras on your property where vehicles will be parked.
“We often find that people don’t take the time to ensure their vehicles are locked, when left unattended,” says WVPD Detective Corporal Kellie English. “Taking a few precautionary steps will greatly reduce the chances of becoming a victim.”
Local residents are encouraged to share the hashtag #9pmroutine on social media platforms to show they have participated in their routine and secured their doors and valuables for the night.
If anyone has information on anyone involved in auto crimes, they can contact West Vancouver Police at 604-925-7300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
West Vancouver Police is dedicated to working to reduce auto crime through support of initiatives such as this as well as proactive targeted enforcement and thorough investigations.
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