All levels of government must act to curb auto thefts

Auto theft is a serious problem nationwide and it is one that requires a coordinated effort from all levels of government and vehicle manufacturers to address.

Published May 26, 2023 at 12:20pm

Brock Vandrick
Brock Vandrick
All levels of government must act to curb auto thefts
RCMP Investigator Maxime Deschenes walks past some of the luxury vehicles that were seized from a containers at a news conference Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Not quite “Gone in 60 seconds." More like six minutes. That is all the time it took for two guys to break into and drive off with my vehicle, as later seen from a doorbell camera.

It’s a dreadful feeling. You walk out of your front door Monday morning to start your work week, only to find that your truck is not where you left it. Stolen overnight, right from your driveway. Probably already sitting in a shipping container at the Port of Montreal. This happened to me in March. I became a statistic that is quickly rising in Ontario and Canada as a whole.

In Ontario, a car is stolen every 48 minutes. In Ottawa, where my vehicle was stolen, more than 1,200 vehicles were reported stolen in 2022, according to Statistics Canada. And unfortunately, that number is steadily climbing throughout the first few months of this year.

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