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Auto theft down in Prince George

Automobile theft is significantly lower in Prince George during the early part of this year according to a release this week by Solicitor General of B.C. Results from February, which is Auto Crime Enforcement Month in B.C.

Automobile theft is significantly lower in Prince George during the early part of this year according to a release this week by Solicitor General of B.C.

Results from February, which is Auto Crime Enforcement Month in B.C., shows there were

50-per-cent less car theft incidents than during the same month in 2009 and 67-per-cent less than February, 2004.

Numbers show there were 10 thefts of vehicle incidents in February this year compared to 20 in 2009 and 30 in 2004 during the same month. There were 30 car theft incidents in February 2008, 2007 and 2006 and 20 in February 2005.

Alyson Gourley-Cramer, communications co-ordinator with ICBC in Prince George said the decrease in thefts is attributed to more caution and awareness among drivers.

"We thank drivers for making smart decisions," said Gourley-Cramer, noting parking in secure and well-lit areas, removing valuables, and locking car doors are decisions that help make our communities safer.

btrick@pgcitizen.ca