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Vehicle thefts on the decline in New West

The rate of stolen vehicles and thefts from vehicles continues to drop in New Westminster.

Statistics released by the Insurance Corporation of B.C. show there were 110 stolen vehicles in 2012, a 23 per cent drop from 2011 (150) in the city. There was also a 27 per cent decrease in theft from vehicles, 290 compared to 390 the previous year.

In the last 10 years, vehicle thefts have dropped by 86 per cent from 2003 when there were 810 of them, while thefts from vehicles have gone down 71 per cent from 980 in 2003. That was the year the provincial bait car program was introduced.

Despite the declining numbers, ICBC continues to recommended vehicle owners be vigilant in protecting themselves from auto crime.

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