Criminals enjoy holiday shopping too, but it’s usually from the trunk of your car.
Every year, thousands of eager shoppers descend upon downtown Vancouver to shop for their loved ones under twinkling lights and brilliant neon signs.
Unfortunately, the most wonderful time of year is plagued by a few bad apples looking to make a quick buck. The winter months traditionally see a spike in theft-from-autos (TFAs), impacting Vancouver’s businesses and tourism industry as victims of crime are less likely to return in the future. TFAs had a 17 per cent increase year-over-year from 2018 to 2019. While property crime continues to be an issue in Vancouver, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk, expense, and inconvenience.
Here are some easy tactics to keep in mind while shopping this year:
The DVBIA’s Downtown Safety Ambassadors are also there to lend a helping hand. Safety Ambassadors focus on the reduction of TFAs in downtown parking lots through visible presence and education when opportunities arise. The Ambassadors time their patrols to coincide with data received on peak areas and times when theft from autos occur. Parking companies are also being encouraged to increase security patrols during peak hours.
Theft from autos occur all year long, but make a much bigger impact in the winter months when individuals typically have more valuables in their car. Take the extra steps to make sure the holidays remain happy for everyone, (except thieves).