THE Vancouver Police Department say they are committed to reducing property crime in the City of Vancouver, and are making it tougher to steal cars in a new crime prevention initiative targeting the vehicles that are most often stolen.
Over the past five years, the property crime rate has been reduced by over 35%. During the same period, the number of stolen vehicles has declined by over 51%.
However, there was a noticeable change last year when the number of stolen vehicles increased by 6.7% over the previous year. Specifically, the rise was driven by an increase in the number of trucks and vans stolen.
Not only does having a vehicle stolen negatively impact the owner, the majority of stolen vehicles are used to commit secondary property and / or violent crimes.
To combat the issue, and with the support and funding from the Vancouver Police Foundation and ICBC, the Vancouver Police Department is launching “Operation Lock-Up.”
Operation Lock-Up aims to prevent vehicle theft by offering steering wheel locks free of charge to Vancouver residents who own one of the top ten most frequently stolen vehicles:
* Honda Civic (Pre-2000)
* Ford F150, F250, F350 trucks (Pre-1999 F150; Pre-2007 F250 / F350)
* Honda Accord (Pre-1998)
* Dodge / Plymouth / Chrysler minivan (1991-2000)
* Jeep Cherokee (1993-1999)
* Ford Econoline Van (2000-2007)
* Toyota Corolla (1990-2004)
* Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra trucks (1992-2006)
* Acura Integra (1990-2001)
* Toyota Camry / Solara (1989-1999)
To obtain a complimentary steering wheel lock, bring your vehicle’s registration papers to one of the following locations:
VPD Public Service Counters:
* 2120 Cambie Street
Open Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* 3585 Graveley Street
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vancouver Community Policing Centres
* Granville CPC
1263 Granville Street
* West End – Coal Harbour CPC
1267 Davie Street
* Aboriginal CPC
875 East Hasting Street
* Chinese CPC
118 Keefer Street
* Grandview Woodland
1977 Commercial Drive
* Hastings Sunrise CPC
2620 East Hastings Street
* Collingwood CPC
5160 Joyce Street
* South Vancouver CPC
5657 Victoria Drive
* Kitsilano Fairview CPC
#78 – 1687 West Broadway
* Kerrisdale, Oakridge & Marpole CPC
6070 East Boulevard
Vancouver Police Community Policing volunteers will be placing flyers on at-risk vehicles telling them about Operation Lock-up, and the VPD will also be giving the steering wheel locks away at various community events throughout the year.
For more information about Operation Lock-Up and how to obtain a steering wheel lock, visit