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Auto crime way down since 2003

Auto crime is down significantly across B.C. since 2003 when the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) was first started.

In Burnaby, there were 86 per cent fewer thefts of vehicles and 68 per cent fewer break-ins of vehicles in 2013 compared to 2003, when auto crime incidents in B.C. reached an all-time high. When compared to 2012, there were 11 per cent fewer vehicle thefts and 34 per cent fewer break-ins in 2013.

Across the province, vehicle thefts have decreased by 75 per cent and theft from vehicles are down by 68 per cent since 2003. Between 2012 and 2013, vehicle thefts dropped by nine per cent and theft from vehicles declined by 17 per cent.

IMPACT credits its success to a number of initiatives, including the BAIT car program, BAIT trailers targeting trailer theft, BAIT property, and its annual listing of the Top 10 most wanted auto thieves.

This year, IMPACT investigators are targeting its efforts on larger scale auto thefts, such as those operations stealing cars just for their metal value.

"A car can be reduced to $200 to $300 worth of recycled metal, and that's something fairly new that were seeing," says Insp. Peter Jadis, head of IMPACT. "Ten years ago it may have been more joy riding, or break and enters with stolen vehicles. The policing environment is always changing."

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