The Prince George RCMP are cracking down on the thieves who are behind the thefts of hundreds of vehicles each year. It might be as easy as smashing through a window, but the consequence can be up to 10 years of hard time in jail for stealing a vehicle.
Prince George RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass, says the rate of thefts has increased. “Over the last few years, we have seen certainly a little bit of an increase in stolen vehicles and that trend, although it’s come down a little bit, it’s still up from a couple years ago.”
The rate of thefts in the City remains consistent for more expensive models, but the statistic is rising for cars valued under $5,000.
Older vehicles are more vulnerable, but security systems help reduce the risk. Owner of JDL Customs, Justin Larouche says every car should be monitored with an alarm. “Now we have shock sensors, which detect people jostling the car or causing some sort of disturbance, to radar detectors and sensors that can actually sense somebody putting a hand through the window.”
Along with an alarm system, Larouche says car owners can install a camera which will activate if security is breached. “Things like movement around the car will be detected. It will start recording and can save people from having to rely on eyewitnesses.”
The most common method of protection is an immobilizer, a device required to be near the ignition of the car to start it. The device can cut off the ability to transfer fuel to the engine. Even if it gets stolen, most cars can still be tracked by registering them to an app on your phone.