HALIFAX, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - In 2012 over 78,000 vehicles were stolen
across Canada. Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and the Provincial
Auto Theft Network (PATNET) are working to fight auto theft more
effectively by expanding the PATNET program into more Canadian
provinces, with the latest expansion being in Summerside, Prince Edward
Island. The launch of PATNET in PEI includes a training session for law
enforcement that will focus on vehicle identification and
"We are delighted to see the award-winning PATNET program expand into
PEI. PATNET has helped successfully bring together the law enforcement
community to reduce auto theft and fraud in the Atlantic region. We
look forward to seeing this program expand nationally and hope it will
serve as a model for other jurisdictions," says Amanda Dean,
Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC.
On average, a car is stolen every seven minutes in Canada. Auto theft
costs Canadians millions of dollars a year. The cost to the public is
reflected in resulting health care, emergency services, court and
insurance costs, which in turn cause increased insurance premiums for
all drivers. More seriously, auto theft costs people their lives. Car
thieves have no regard for public safety or the rules of the road.
Every year, there are deaths and injuries as a direct result of auto
"PATNET is generating more interest among law enforcement agencies than
we ever anticipated when we developed the concept in New Brunswick 3
years ago. It was supposed to be a local remedy for local issues. Now
it is becoming a model," says Guy Ouellette, Auto Theft Investigator,
Atlantic with IBC.
"These types of courses are of great assistance to Enforcement Officers
when developing their skills to respond to issues around insurance
fraud and vehicle theft," says Graham Miner, PEI Motor Vehicle
PATNET received the New Brunswick Crime Prevention Association's
Business Excellence Award earlier this month. The award recognizes
organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to crime
prevention in their communities. By expanding beyond New Brunswick, and
nationally in the near future, PATNET is becoming a leading service
provider to the police community in fighting auto theft and insurance
crime in Canada.
PATNET expanded into Nova Scotia in September, providing initial
training seminars to 40 law enforcement officers from across that
province. PATNET's success stories include investigations in both
Ontario and Quebec that resulted in the recovery of commercial cargo
loads that had been stolen in New Brunswick. These successes
demonstrate the need for continued knowledge sharing and partnerships
between insurers and the law enforcement community.
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 approximately 90% of the private property
and casualty insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry
employs 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the
federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium
base of $46 billion.
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SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada
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