Auto Theft Protection
After a home, your vehicle is probably your second largest investment. And if it’s stolen, it doesn’t just affect your pocketbook. Hours of time dealing with the problem, emotional stress and loss of flexibility are just some of the other inconveniences you have to deal with if your vehicle is stolen.
If you need advice or more information, call CAA Automotive Winnipeg Advisory service at 204–262–6176 or toll–free at 1–800–222–4357. Service available 7:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday.
Protect Your Investment
To protect your vehicle, CAA Manitoba has partnered with MPI in the immobilizer program.
To book an installation, contact Manitoba Public Insurance and ask for a CAA appointment at our Dawson Road facility in Winnipeg.
Protect Your Keys
The majority of auto thefts occur due to keys being left in the ignition or elsewhere in the vehicle. According to statistics from Manitoba Public Insurance “During the three month period from December 2013 to February 2014, there were 269 thefts involving keys.” said MaryAnn Kempe, Vice President, Business Development, Communications and Chief Production Officer, Manitoba Public Insurance.
Since 2007, vehicles manufactured for sale in Canada required an immobilizer to be installed at the factory prior to distribution for sale. Protecting your keys and ensuring your vehicle is equipped with an immobilizer is the best way to keep your vehicle safe.
To view MPI and CAA’s joint news release on auto theft and protecting your vehicle keys click here.
What can you do?
- Immobilize It: For starters, install an MPI–approved immobilizer in your vehicle. Check the MPI vehicle calculator to see if your vehicle needs an immobilizer, or already has one installed at the factory.
- Eliminate temptation: Don’t leave belongings, expensive items, CDs, change or any other valuables in plain view. Remember the old saying: Out of sight – out of mind. (Here’s a good tip from one of our Members: she covers her daily purchases and other items that can be seen in the rear space of her hatchback with an inexpensive, disposable tablecloth.)
- Be streetwise: If you’re parking in a high–risk neighbourhood, put your valuables in the trunk before you get there. Thieves will readily target your vehicle if they see you tuck away your goods and then walk away.
- Mark it: Have your removable stereo and other valuables in the vehicle engraved with an easily–identifiable code, such as your licence number.
- See the light: Park in a well–lit spot. Vehicles parked in a dark, secluded location can be more susceptible to auto theft as a thief is not as likely to be noticed when breaking into a car. Also avoid parking behind hedges, fences and other obstructions.
- Keep it indoors: If you have a garage, use it. Your car is less likely to be stolen if it’s parked in the garage, rather than on your front street.
- Take it, don’t leave it: Take your insurance certificate & garage door opener with you and never leave them in your car. Your insurance certificate has your address on it and your garage door opener provides a thief with a way to get in. Keep your spare keys in your wallet, not in the vehicle.
For more information on immobilizers and auto theft, please see MPI’s website.