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Auto theft down in New Westminster

Auto theft continues to drop in New Westminster and across British Columbia, according to figures released by ICBC this week.

There were 150 stolen vehicles in New Westminster during 2011 which is a decrease of 28 per cent from 2010 when 210 were taken. Theft from vehicles when from 470 in 2010 to 390 last year, a drop of 17 per cent.

Since the bait car program was introduced in 2003, there have been 82 per cent fewer vehicles thefts (810 in 2003) and a 60 per cent drop in break-ins (980 in 2003).

Provincially, auto theft has dropped by 71 per cent since 2003.

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