WINNIPEG — Manitoba Public Insurance says they will waive the deductible on vandalism claims for anyone holding the $100 or $200 deductible package. The policy change affects any type of vehicle vandalism, from smashed windows to keyed cars.
Provincial Justice Minister Gord Mackintosh says it will help those repeatedly targeted by car vandals, from being victimized further.
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In 2014, 10,000 vandalism claims were made to MPI.
Jon Waldman, a River Heights resident spoke with Global News about the announcement. He’s had his vehicle broken into ten times over the past year, and says the problem is only getting worse in the neighborhood.
He said in order to avoid damage and paying a deductible, he’s stopped locking his car.
“I’ve paid $600 in deductibles in the past year. It’s ridiculous to have to pay for that,” Waldman said. “With word now from MPI, it is certainly comforting that should anything happen in the future, there will be coverage. But it’s unfortunate we had to go through six or seven months now to get to this point.”
About 700,000 vehicle owners, or 75 per cent of MPI customers, have the $100 or $200 packages. Starting March 1, 2016, premiums on those policies will go up three to five dollars to cover the cost of the deductibles.
Winnipeg Police say River Heights sees the most vehicle break-ins out of any neighborhood in the city.