Ever drive down a street and see a vehicle you think might be stolen? You can help by volunteering for a citizen's crime patrol in your neighbourhood, and get involved in the battle against auto crime. Contact your local community police, or call (Lower Mainland) 604-661-2800 or toll-free 1-800-663-3051 and they'll put you in touch with the right people. If you can't give up your time, donate an old laptop if you have one.
In 2003, the BC Crime Prevention Association started making stolen vehicle file information available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for bylaw enforcement personnel, crime prevention office staff and Citizens' Crime Watch/Citizens on Patrol. The information is accessed via the BCCPA/BCCPN website.
When you volunteer for the Stolen Auto Recovery Program, you’ll team up with a partner for a six-hour evening street patrol. Using radios and laptops, your team records licence plate numbers of parked and moving vehicles. If you find a vehicle matching the plate number of a vehicle listed on a B.C. "hot sheet" of stolen autos, keep an eye on the suspect auto and let the police know.
Each year, citizens volunteer in communities around B.C., help to recover hundreds of stolen vehicles.
Citizen's Crime Watch members must: