Insurers continue the fight against auto theft
TORONTO, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) released its
annual list of the most frequently stolen vehicles today. Again in
2010, the appearance of high-value, all-wheel/four-wheel drive models
on the list demonstrates that sophisticated, organized crime rings are
involved. These types of vehicles are frequently targeted by criminal
organizations that strip them for parts, re-sell them to unsuspecting
consumers or export them to countries where there is a high demand for
upscale vehicles that can handle rugged terrain.
Last month the federal government passed Bill S-9, Tackling Auto Theft
and Property Obtained by Crime Act, which gives Canada Border Services
Agency (CBSA) the authority to seize stolen vehicles intended for
The top 10 stolen vehicles in Canada are:
2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door
1999 Honda Civic SiR 2-door
2002 Cadillac Escalade 4-door 4WD
2004 Cadillac Escalade 4-door 4WD
2005 Acura RSX Type S 2-door
1997 Acura Integra 2-door
2000 Audi S4 Quattro 4-door AWD
2003 Hummer H2 4-door AWD
2006 Acura RSX Type S 2-door
2004 Hummer H2 4-door AWD
"IBC congratulates the federal government for cracking down on organized
crime and auto theft for export, and for making the safety and security
of Canadians a priority," said Rick Dubin, Vice-President,
Investigative Services, IBC. "IBC will continue to work vigorously with
law enforcement and government agencies across Canada to fight auto
theft and recover stolen vehicles before they leave the country."
Bill S-9 makes changes to the Criminal Code, including: making a
separate offence for motor vehicle theft supported by tough sentences,
creating the offence of altering, destroying or removing a vehicle
identification number (VIN), and creating the offences of trafficking
property obtained by crime and possession of property obtained by crime
for the purpose of trafficking.
IBC in partnership with CBSA and local law enforcement agencies located
at the ports of Montreal and Halifax have seized 600 stolen vehicles
worth $18 million this year to date. Including vehicles that were
repatriated from overseas and those recovered using licence-plate
reader technology, the value of stolen vehicles recovered by IBC in
2010 jumps to $30.7 million. IBC will be arguing for the expansion of
the ports program to the port of Vancouver for 2011.
Auto theft by the numbers:
According to Statistics Canada, 108,172 vehicles were stolen in Canada
in 2009, a drop of 15% from 2008.
In 2009, auto theft cost Canadian insurers $419 million; when one adds
emergency response, court, policing, legal and out-of-pocket expenses,
such as deductibles, the total cost of auto theft each year in Canada
approaches $1 billion.
"In addition to sophisticated crime rings that operate as businesses,
transportation theft (or so-called 'joy riding') still exists," added
Dubin. "This type of theft is committed by someone just looking for a
car that's easy to steal, which can be used for transportation or to
commit other crimes. The difference is that cars stolen for these
purposes are often abandoned and found. Cars stolen by organized crime
A professional thief can steal a car in about 30 seconds, even without a
key. Eight out of ten of the vehicles on Canada's most frequently
stolen list do not have an approved electronic immobilizer, which
prevents thieves from starting a vehicle without the key. Some things
drivers can do to help protect their vehicle include:
Roll up car windows, lock the doors and pocket the key.
Keep the vehicle registration certificate and proof of insurance in a
purse or wallet at all times - not in the glovebox.
Never leave valuable objects or packages in full view. Put them in the
Never leave a vehicle running unattended when getting a coffee or when
the vehicle is warming up on the driveway. Approximately 20% of stolen
cars have keys in them.
Always park in a well-lit and busy area.
At home, park in a garage if available and lock both the garage and car
The above data regarding stolen vehicles is based on actual insurance
claims information collected from companies that write almost all
automobile insurance in Canada. This data can be found in the 2010
release of IBC's "How Cars Measure Up," which compares the insurance
claims records of the most popular vehicle models across the country.
It also lists the best and worst models according to claims made for
collisions and theft. Consumers can look up the information they need
before they buy a new or used car. "How Cars Measure Up," is designed
to help consumers understand how theft, collision and other claims
costs affect insurance premiums. For more information, visit IBC's
website at www.ibc.ca and click on "How Cars Measure Up," under Popular links.
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its
member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C)
insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over
110,000 Canadians, pays more than $6 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada
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