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New West vehicle thefts down
There were 25 per cent fewer vehicle thefts in New Westminster during the first six months of 2012 compared to 2011 according to figures released by the Insurance Corporation of B.C.
The statistics show there were 67 vehicle thefts in 2012, which was 22 less than what occurred in the first half of 2011. The numbers have dropped every year since 2003 when bait cars were introduced to deter criminals. That year there were 381 vehicle thefts in New West, and there has been a 82 per cent reduction since then. Overall, the Lower Mainland has seen a 78 per cent drop since 2003, and 19 per cent decrease between 2011 and 2012.