February 21st, 2024

Feds seek ideas at national summit to help put brakes on auto theft


By The Canadian Press on February 8, 2024.

Reporters, staffers and Members of Parliament listen to Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc speak about auto theft, Wednesday, February 7, 2024 in Ottawa. The federal government says an estimated 90,000 cars are stolen annually in Canada, resulting in about $1 billion in costs to Canadian insurance policy-holders and taxpayers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Officials from various levels of government are set to gather with police and industry leaders in Ottawa today to brainstorm on fighting the scourge of automobile theft.

The federal government says an estimated 90,000 cars are stolen annually in Canada, resulting in about $1 billion in costs to Canadian insurance policy-holders and taxpayers.

It says auto theft increasingly involves organized crime groups, and the proceeds of these crimes are used to fund other illegal activities.

Ottawa says most stolen autos shipped abroad are destined for Africa and the Middle East.

On Wednesday, the government earmarked $28 million in new money to help tackle the export of stolen vehicles.

The announcement followed persistent pressure from the federal Conservatives, who have been pitching ideas this week to deal with the problem.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 8, 2024.

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How about a policing system that works for the general public instead of the useless politicians?What does the cops do about stolen vehicles? In my case , nothing , absolutely nothing. They don’t even care. “Go to your insurance” was their response. Go find my stolen property was my request, or at least try. Absolutely zero effort. Too busy with cash generating ventures. Ticketing minor ,meaningless infractions to make bottom line look good.



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