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Canada among top 10 countries for car theft

  • July 10, 2024
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Canada among top 10 countries for car theft

Earlier in the summer, Interpol has listed Canada among the ten worst countries in the world for car thefts, a feat that a spokesperson called “remarkable” considering that the ‘Great White North’ nation has only begun to integrate it data with the global police organisation in February.  

Authorities say that once the cars are stolen, they are either used to commit other violent crimes, sold domestically to unsuspecting Canadian buyers, or shipped overseas where they are resold. Interpol says that it has detected over 1,500 cars around the world that were stolen from Canada since February. What’s more, it is identifying as many as 200 cars every week, often in foreign ports.

Car theft has become so widespread that the Insurance Bureau of Canada has declared it a “national crisis” as insurers ended up having to pay over C$1.5 billion ($1 billion or £860 million) in theft claims last year. It has forced police jurisdictions all over the country to issue public bulletins on how to protect vehicles from theft.

Meanwhile, some people have taken things into their own hands. Some owners are installing trackers on their cars or even hiring private neighbourhood security. Those who can afford it are installing retractable bollards on their driveways in a bid to try and deter would be thieves. These are similar to the ones you would expect to see at either a bank or an embassy.

While there has been a spike in car thefts in many other countries since the pandemic, Canada’s rate of 262.5 per 100,000 is higher than England and Wales (220 per 100,000), according to the latest data from either country. The US meanwhile sits at around 300 per 100,000 based on data from 2022.

The pandemic, which caused a global shortage of cars is thought to be among the factors,, as well as a growing demand for certain models internationally. This has made car theft a high revenue generator for organised crime groups, Elliott Silverstein, the director of government relations at the Canadian Automobile Association said.

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