March 25, 2016 1:59 am
Updated: March 25, 2016 2:00 am

Government reminding car owners that key protection more vital than ever

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The provincial government and ICBC used the Vancouver International Auto Show to kick off Auto Crime Enforcement Month, with the reminder that as cars become equipped with more theft-prevention technology, a secure key is one of the most important things to be aware of.

“Today, it is extremely difficult to start a newer vehicles without the keys. However, we as the police continue to see people leaving their valet keys, garage doors keys, apartment key fobs, in their vehicles,” said BC RCMP Major Crime Section Supt. Brendan Fitzpatrick.

There’s been a two per cent decrease in auto theft over the last year, but there were 50,787 incidents of thefts from cars in 2015 – a slight increase from the year before.

“Older vehicles are at a higher risk of being stolen because they don’t come equipped with factory installed immobilizers. But we’re also seeing newer vehicles that are already protected by mobilizers, which can be at risk through the theft of your keys,” said ICBC vice president Steve Yendall.

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