Lock-it-or-lose it drive launched for motorists

Carol-Ann Rolls has a warning to would-be thieves. - Peter W. Rusland
Carol-Ann Rolls has a warning to would-be thieves.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

Bait cars are everywhere. Steal one. Go to jail.

That warning to thieves is paired with lock-it-or-lose it advice to vehicle owners from the RCMP’s community police, and ICBC folks.

Kate Woochuk and community policing’s Carol-Ann Rolls (as the Easter bunny, left) launched the local drive to deprive crooks of your valuables last week at ICBC’s Cowichan headquarters.

Inside Woochuk’s car sat planted things vehicle vandals love to pinch, including a laptop. Other valuables that vanish include backpacks, cell phones, wallets, sunglasses, clothing, gifts, purses, cameras and much more.

Stow that stuff out of sight — maybe lock it in your trunk — to avoid attracting crooks.

Buy anti-theft devices (such as a steering-wheel club), park in well-lit places near foot traffic, and don’t leave spare keys in your vehicle.

Those wheel clubs help save your car from being swiped. The island’s top stolen models are Ford F-series and Ranger; Chev Silverado/Sierra; Chrysler Ram, Caravan, Voyager; Honda Accord and Civic; Nissan Pathfinder; Jeep Cherokees; and Toyota Camry and Solara.

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