Police are issuing fresh warnings about car thefts in Greater Vancouver, publishing a list of the most stolen cars and announcing the arrest of three thieves within 24 hours.
Vancouver police revealed that car theft has gone down "drastically" over the last decade, with an average of three cars stolen per day, down from 18 per day 10 years ago. 2012 saw 1,202 reports of stolen cars compared to 6,455 reports in 2003.
Greater Vancouver's most stolen cars include Honda Civics, Ford F-Series trucks and Honda Accords.
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In a span of 24 hours, Vancouver police arrested and charged three different car thieves with theft and possession of stolen property, said a Tuesday news release.
On 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, Gibsons resident Shawn Gregory Nichols was arrested in a Toyota Landcruiser that had been reported stolen from downtown Vancouver the previous day.
At about 5:30 p.m. the same day, police arrested Justin Gordon Brett after he allegedly stole a bottle from a liquor store and tried to get into a stolen Honda Civic. A store clerk stopped him from getting into the car and police arrested him a few blocks away.
The third incident saw police arrest a Surrey resident at about 4 a.m. after an officer saw him driving what he believed was a stolen pickup truck on Highway 1 through the Cassiar tunnel. Police followed the truck into Burnaby, where it crashed into a hedge. The driver fled his vehicle but a police dog caught up with him.