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Rising Auto Theft in Ontario – Is your vehicle a target?

stolen red dodge RAM pickup truck

Every 6 minutes a vehicle is stolen in Canada. Auto theft has become a pressing concern in Canada, especially Ontario. Auto theft has grown by 300% in Ontario since 2015.  

During the first half of 2023, Toronto reported 5,077 stolen vehicles, as indicated by the province. Across Ontario, car thefts were 31% higher in the initial six months of the year compared to the corresponding period in 2022.

Auto Insurance companies have paid over $1Billion in claims for stolen vehicles. This means our auto insurance rates may likely go up. Auto theft is not just an insurance problem; it also impacts public safety. Carjackings have increased significantly too. 

In this blog, we’ll discuss the top 5 types of vehicles that thieves target the most. We’ll also explore the government’s initiatives and get insights from law enforcement on how to tackle this growing problem.

The Top 5 Most Stolen Vehicles:

Thieves are targeting specific make and model of vehicles. Following is a lost of vehicles ranked by the number of thefts in Ontario.

  1. Honda CRV
  2. Lexus 
  3. Dodge RAM
  4. Toyota Highlander
  5. Land Rover closely followed by Ford F150

Government Initiatives to Combat Auto Theft

Both the federal and provincial governments of Ontario have acknowledged the seriousness of the issue. They are taking several measures to deal with this growing problem.

Federal government announced $121 Million funding to Ontario Police 

In January 2024, the Canadian government pledged $ 121 million to address gun and gang violence in Ontario, specifically targeting auto theft and carjackings.

Organized Crime Towing and Auto Theft Team

In May 2023, the Ontario government invested $51 million in new measures to assist police in identifying and dismantling organized crime networks. A significant portion of the funding was used to form an Organized Crime Towing and Auto Theft Team.

As per CBC news article, in November 2023, the government of Ontario is spending $18million on prevention efforts including launching a task force aimed at disrupting the “networks” responsible for high-risk auto thefts.

Partnerships with Canadian Border Services Agencies and Container Shipping Companies

As per Ontario website, Ontario is actively seeking ways to counter vehicle thefts through partnerships with the Canada Border Services Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and shipping container and rail companies

Preliminary Results – 109 vehicles recovered

Ontario’s carjacking task force has recovered 109 vehicles since inception. The carjacking task force in the province played a significant role in the arrest of 89 individuals, the laying of 554 charges, and the recovery of 109 vehicles since its formation last year, as announced by the Toronto police on Thursday, January 25, 2024.

Law Enforcement’s Advice: Embracing GPS Trackers

According to tweets and interviews with law enforcement officers in news articles, one of the measures recommended is installing third-party GPS trackers in your vehicle. Many news stories cover how vehicles were recovered using GPS Trackers. Several insurance agencies also endorse their use as a protective measure against vehicle theft.

Read our article on 5 Proven Tips To Protect Your Car From Theft   to learn about other measures to prevent Auto-Theft.

YoGPS: A Helping Hand in Protecting your vehicle against Theft

YoGPS offers multiple types of GPS Trackers with various features including instant alerts, real time location updates, tamper alerts, ignition kill switch, safe zones creation with notification of entry and exit. Choose a tracking device based on your needs and vehicle type.

For example, you may choose a hardwired tracker for a truck or a portable wireless GPS tracker for a car, equipment and specialty vehicles such as boat, dump trailers, golf carts.

As auto theft continues to escalate in Ontario, understanding the statistics, government investments, insurance recommendations, and law enforcement advice becomes paramount. By staying informed and adopting preventative measures, vehicle owners can actively contribute to reducing auto theft incidents in the province. Together, through awareness and proactive measures, we can work towards curbing this growing epidemic.