The Vancouver Police Department continues its commitment to reducing property crime in the City of Vancouver by turning its attention to vehicles outfitted with adaptive equipment and used by those with physical disabilities.
Vehicle theft has a negative impact on owners; even more so when the owner has a physical disability and relies on the vehicle for daily living. Regardless of the value of the actual vehicle, the average cost to replace the adaptive equipment is $40,000.
To combat this issue, the Vancouver Police Department is launching “Operation Keep Safe.”
Operation Keep Safe aims to prevent vehicle theft by offering a free vehicle immobilizer to those who live or work in Vancouver, and rely on a vehicle with adaptive equipment. Citizens using these specially equipped vehicles may contact the Auto Crime Enforcement Unit at (604) 717-2842 / 3231, who will arrange for a qualified technician to attend their residence or workplace and install an immobilizer free of charge. Vehicles made in 2008 or later are equipped with immobilizers. If you are not sure if your vehicle has one, please call the Auto Crime Enforcement Unit.
Update on Operation Lock-Up
Operation Lock-Up, launched in October, aimed to prevent vehicle theft by offering steering wheel locks free of charge to Vancouver residents who owned one of the top ten most frequently stolen vehicles and has been a huge success.
To date, the Vancouver Police Department has given away over 600 steering wheel locks to Vancouver residents.
To obtain a complimentary steering wheel lock, Vancouver residents are required to provide their vehicle registration papers and proof of residency.