SGI is backing away from financially penalizing drivers whose cars were stolen with the keys in them at this time.
Back in 2017, the insurance authority discussed insurance consequences for when cars are stolen under those circumstances.
SGI spokesman Tyler McMurchy said right now, they’re focused on other methods to discourage people from doing that.
“We are hoping that ongoing awareness efforts that SGI is doing, that law enforcement are doing will take effect.”
The crown, according to McMurchy, has seen auto theft claims have risen over the last five years, from around 1900 in 2013-14 to over 2800 in 2017-18. The past fiscal year, being the latest one mentioned, cost insurance payers just under $25 million.
That’s representative of a 46% increase in auto theft claims over the past five years.
McMurchy said police say about half of stolen vehicle investigations involve keys being left in or around them.
“The quickest and the easiest thing that we advise people to do is to keep their vehicle locked, keep their keys with them, don’t leave valuables in the vehicle.”