New Westminster Police Department has reported a significant increase in vehicle thefts and will be ramping up its enforcement efforts that target auto thieves.
This year to date, from January 1 to June 30, there have been 120 vehicles reported or stolen in New Westminster, in addition to 53 reports of attempted thefts of vehicles.
In contrast, during the same six month period in 2013, there were 71 reported vehicle thefts and 19 reported attempts.
“We have been having excellent success lowering our crime rates in recent years,” said Chief Constable Dave Jones. “Quite simply, we are not going to accept this kind of bump in our auto theft rates – we are going to be aggressive and target those responsible.”
The police force will be increasing the level of their measures on surveillance of auto theft suspects, forensic processing of recovered stolen vehicles, compliance checks for prolific offenders on court conditions, and liaising with the provincial auto theft unit.
“While increased enforcement and targeting of prolific offenders can be used to combat this problem, the public can also play a significant role in reducing auto theft by following certain vehicle theft prevention tips,” said Staff-Sergeant Paul Hyland.
Source: NWPD | Featured Image: Grainger Honda via Flickr