Car theft is a big problem in Canada.
It has increased significantly, especially in Ontario and Quebec.
The scourge of car and SUV theft is one of the hottest topics in Canada and has been for several months. That’s why a federal summit bringing together several levels of government, automakers, and even members of local police forces will be held on February 8 in Ottawa.
That’s what Public Safety Minister Dominic Leblanc said in Montreal two days after the opening of the Montreal International Auto Show. The federal minister also added that auto theft has become more violent, as even moving vehicles are targeted, with criminals no longer hesitating to use this ploy to drive off with the targeted vehicle.
Auto theft has grown exponentially in the two most populous provinces. In Quebec, theft has increased by 50%, while in its neighbouring province, thefts rose by 48.2% in 2022.
The various stakeholders will have to find solutions to this national scourge, which sends tens of thousands of vehicles abroad, particularly to the African continent and the Middle East. Government bodies from Quebec and Ontario will be at the summit, as will members of the Canada Border Services Agency, in addition to a few provincial and municipal police forces.
It remains to be seen whether this summit will be of benefit to motorists, who must adopt a few strategies to thwart theft attempts on their prized vehicles. Some even go so far as to install a Denver boot on their vehicle, in addition to the ever-popular steering wheel lock, not to mention tracking and anti-theft systems.