Langley RCMP are warning owners of older model Honda Civics to be extra vigilant after 12 of the vehicles were stolen recently within the span of two nights.
Over the last month, Langley has seen a steep rise in the thefts of older Civics. This is because they are an easy target, said Langley RCMP spokesperson, Cpl. Holly Largy.
Older vehicles are easier to steal because they are less likely to have the most effective security features.
The Honda Civic remains the most popularly stolen vehicle according to ICBC, followed by the Honda Accord.
Many of the thefts have taken place in North Langley, however police advise all Honda owners to follow a few steps to help avoid becoming a victim.
• Park in a secure, well-lit area near pedestrian traffic. Always lock doors and close windows, even if you’re away from your vehicle for a very short time. If possible, park your vehicle in your garage or driveway overnight;
• use an anti-theft device, such as an electronic engine immobilizer, a vehicle alarm, a steering wheel lock or a car wheel boot;
• Don’t store a spare or valet key in your vehicle;
• Wait for garage door gates to close behind you so thieves don’t have a chance to get into your parkade.
Police advise residents who see someone suspicious lurking around vehicles in their neighbourhood to call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.