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Vehicle crime dropped in past year, ICBC says

Nov 09 2012

Victoria and Saanich motorists are seeing less auto crime.

In Victoria, there were 17 per cent fewer vehicle thefts (from 66 to 55) and 51 per cent fewer vehicle break-ins (from 264 to 130) during the first six months of 2012 than the same period in 2011, according to Insurance Corp. of B.C. statistics.

ICBC figures for Saanich show 20 per cent fewer vehicle thefts (from 15 to 12) and 58 per cent fewer vehicle break-ins (from 50 to 21) over the same period.

The statistics also showed Victoria's vehicle thefts are down 55 per cent and vehicle break-ins are down 60 per cent since the introduction of the bait-car program in 2003. In Saanich, vehicle thefts are down 63 per cent and vehicle break-ins have dropped 69 per cent since the program began.

Provincewide, vehicle theft has dropped by 74 per cent since 2003. -

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