Top Ten Cars Stolen: Auto Theft in Vancouver

At Mr. Locksmith we repair car locks on cars that have been stolen or an attempt has been made to steal the car. Vancouver has one of the highest crime rates in North America and one of the highest auto thefts in Western Society. Most cars and trucks stolen in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland are not stolen by professional car thieves and shipped overseas but are stolen by very unsophisticated thieves who use brute force and ignorance to steal cars. A typical car theft breaks the window and uses a screwdriver or scissors to to force the ignition to the “on position” to start the car.
Forensic Locksmithing is the science of discerning if a lock has been tampered with in any way. This is done by examination of the exterior and interior of the lock. An experienced and well-trained Forensic Locksmith at Mr. Locksmith can be an invaluable asset in criminal investigations where locks are involved.

However, in Vancouver you don’t need to be a Forensic locksmith to figure out that the most common denominator for most of the cars and trucks stolen in Vancouver is the cars are not equipped with transponder (chip) in the key. If the proper programmed transponder (chip) key is not in the ignition the car will not start.
A transponder (chip) ignition key prevents the most common “theft of vehicle” attempts in Vancouver.

If you have a car listed in the “Top Ten Stolen cars” in Vancouver the simplest way to prevent this type of theft is an inexpensive club or steering wheel lock and an alarm system with an immobilizer. I recommend that even if you have a newer car with a Transponder security system you still put a club or steering wheel lock on your car. The car thieves in Vancouver are not very bright and they still try to steal newer Honda equipment with transponders. They are not able to start the car but they still do hundreds of dollars in damage to the ignition.
Top ten most stolen cars in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia do not have transponder (chip) key security systems and will be be on the top ten list for years to come.
1. Honda Civic 1995, 2000
2. Chrysler (Dodge/Plymouth)
Caravan / Voyager 1995, 1994
3. Honda Accord 1992, 1990
4.Ford F-series 2005, 2006
5. Jeep Cherokee 1994, 1993
6. Toyota Camry 1988, 1987
7. Chrysler (Dodge/Plymouth) Neon 1995, 1998
8. Dodge Ram 1996, 1998
9. Toyota Corolla 2006
10. Ford Taurus 1997, 1998
Source: http://www.icbc.com/crime-fraud/

Forensic Locksmithing  is the science of discerning if a lock has been tampered with in any way. This is done by examination of the exterior and interior of the lock. An experienced and well-trained Forensic Locksmith can be an invaluable asset in criminal investigations where locks are involved. Terry Whin-Yates has had a great deal of successful experience in this field. If you need an expert Forensic Locksmith on your side call 604-773-5625 today.

In conclusion, car thieves will continue to steal cars not equipped with security systems, transponder (chip) key equipped newer cars or cars with steering locks. A very simple steering wheel lock and alarm immobilizer system can prevent your car from being stolen.

Crime is Not Random, Don’t be a victim.

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