Mandatory Immobilizers Won't Stop Car Theft Or Aid Stolen Vehicle Recovery

    MONTREAL, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - A federal government decision to require
immobilizers to be standard equipment in all new vehicles in September is an
important step forward, but it won't stop vehicle theft and it won't help
recover vehicles for their owners. Boomerang Tracking applauds the government
decision and recognition of auto theft issues in Canada however increased
awareness of vehicle theft incidence and options consumers can take to combat
auto theft are needed.
    "It's an additional deterrent to joyriders, but as we have learned at
Boomerang, sophisticated thieves regularly steal vehicles equipped with
immobilizers," said Boomerang General Manager Craig Armstrong. "Only
Boomerang's proprietary technology and covert tracking ensures that owners'
vehicles will be recovered, often within hours."
    Vehicle theft is a multifaceted crime and requires a multifaceted
response. In the United States, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)
advocates a four-layer approach that includes vehicle tracking devices; an
approach Boomerang Tracking also believes is the most comprehensive
protection. "It is important that consumers understand the need for both a
preventative and a recovery solution for their vehicle. As thieves become ever
more sophisticated, consumers need to respond appropriately," Armstrong noted.
    Armstrong said Boomerang's experience in tracking stolen vehicles shows
that immobilizers have not been a barrier to stealing vehicles for
professional thieves. A Boomerang analysis from 2003 - 2007 showed 36 per cent
of stolen vehicles Boomerang recovered had Insurance Bureau of Canada-approved
immobilizer devices. That percentage represents more than 1,000 vehicles worth
over an estimated $41 million that would have likely never otherwise been
recovered during that period.
    Furthermore, the IBC lists the 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door as the most
popular vehicle stolen in Canada. In many cases, cars are simply towed or
lifted onto flatbed trucks by well-organized vehicle theft rings. In other
cases vehicles are stolen after home break-ins or by carjackings using the
owner's keys. This mandatory immobilizer law will benefit new vehicles however
older cars, frequently stolen for parts and over-seas shipment, require
attention and effective consumer protection options.
    Armstrong commended the federal government for stating that mandatory
immobilizers by Sept. 1, 2007 won't stamp out auto theft completely.
Boomerang's experience has shown that crime rings which steal vehicles for
export and 'chop shops' already know how to circumvent immobilizer systems.
    "Vehicles will always be stolen. There is virtually nothing that can be
done to prevent that. But only Boomerang offers a proven solution for tracking
stolen vehicles - even in underground garages or on container ships where GPS
systems cannot be detected - and ensuring vehicles are returned to their
rightful owners," Armstrong said.


    Founded in 1995, Boomerang Tracking Inc. has quickly become a
technological leader in tracking stolen property and offers a seamless
solution to the ever-growing concern for the protection and recovery of stolen
vehicles and other valuable assets in Canada. As a result of its success, the
Company has received the endorsement of members of the insurance industry. The
devices are available and installed through a network of authorized dealers in
Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. The Company's head office, research and
development center and manufacturing facilities are located in Montreal,
Quebec, with regional facilities located in Mississauga, Ontario. In 2004,
Boomerang became a wholly-owned subsidiary of LoJack Corporation
(NASDAQ:  LOJN), the company that invented the stolen vehicle recovery market
two decades ago and who remains the undisputed global leader in tracking and
recovering valuable mobile assets. Today, Boomerang Tracking markets both the
LoJack and Boomerang brand tracking devices in Canada. LoJack is a registered
trademark of LoJack Corporation and is used by Boomerang Tracking under

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