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Significant drop in car thefts in New Westminster, ICBC says

Since 2003, auto theft has dropped by 65 per cent in B.C. and New Westminster is no exception.

According to auto crime statistics released by ICBC, there were 200 vehicle thefts in New West in 2010, compared to 260 incidents in 2009—a 22 per cent decrease. Since the bait car program was introduced in 2003, there were 75 per cent fewer vehicle thefts in New West in 2010.

On Thursday the provincial government, the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) and ICBC launched this year’s Auto Crime Enforcement Month and announced the addition of “bait trailers” in the fight against auto theft.

The new bait trailers can range from recreational and camping-type trailers, to mobile cargo and utility units.

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