Auto Crime

A large percentage of vehicle thefts are committed by a small number of offenders who steal vehicles for a variety of reasons, most commonly:

The best way to protect your vehicle from being stolen is to lock it, be vigilant with extra vehicle keys, and use an anti-theft device.

Theft from Vehicles

Theft from vehicles are the top reported property crime in Surrey. Ensure your vehicle is not a target:

If your vehicle has been stolen or broken into in Surrey, call Surrey RCMP non-emergency to report it at 604-599-0502. If you witness a theft in progress, stay back and call 9-1-1.

Buyer Beware

If you are purchasing a vehicle, make sure the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the dashboard identification plate matches the number on the vehicle registration form and that it has not been tampered with. Tampered VINs are often seen in stolen vehicles. Other potential signs of a stolen vehicle include loose or mismatched rivets, screws in place of rivets, scratched numbers, and tape, glue or paint over the VIN. Be aware – if you buy a stolen vehicle, it will be seized by police without any compensation.

Tips to avoid purchasing a stolen vehicle

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