Auto Theft Auto theft is on the rise across Canada. Learn what you can do to prevent thieves from targeting your vehicle. Why Auto Theft Is a Serious Threat Every year, people are injured or die as a result of auto theft. When it's in the hands of a thief, a stolen car is like a loaded gun. Vehicle thieves have absolutely no regard for public safety and the rules of the road. Auto theft is not a victimless crime or just a property crime. Auto theft costs all Canadians millions per year, if one considers health care, court, policing, legal and out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles. Each year, Équité Association publishes a list of the Top 10 Most Stolen Cars – see if your car is a potential target. Fighting Crime Involves Many PartnersAuto theft defies all boundaries – jurisdictional, political, geographical and administrative. It is more than just an insurance crime or a policing problem.The fight against auto theft requires the cooperation and involvement of many partners. It starts with automobile owners and includes the law enforcement community, automobile manufacturers, dealers of new and used cars, salvage operators, car repairers, automobile insurers, theft deterrent system manufacturers and installers, licensing and customs authorities, and the judicial system.Tips to prevent auto theft Even with today's tech-savvy thieves, there are a number of steps Canadians can take to help protect themselves from becoming a victim of auto theft. Don't leave a keyless entry fob in a vehicle or unprotected at the front entrance of your home. Thieves can use wireless transmitters to intercept the signal, giving them access to the vehicle. Consider storing fobs in a protective box or bag that blocks the signal.Install an immobilizing device which prevents thieves from bypassing the ignition and hot-wiring a vehicle. This can include devices that require wireless ignition authentication or starter, ignition and fuel pump disablers.Install a tracking device that emits a signal to police or a monitoring station if a vehicle is stolen.Don't make your vehicle an easy target:Never leave a vehicle running when unattended.Lock the doors and close all windows when parked.Make sure to park in well-lit areas or in the garage.Use a visible or audible device that shows thieves a vehicle is protected.Consider using a deterrent like a steering wheel or brake pedal lock.Don't leave personal information, like insurance and ownership documents, in the glove box when parked. Take the Time. Report the Crime"Insurance crime isn’t always the work of organized groups or gangs running auto theft or insurance crime rings as a business. It can also involve normally law-abiding citizens who attempt to make a few extra dollars by padding an otherwise legitimate claim." So, You've Had an AccidentAccidents are stressful, but stay calm, and use this form to record important details. Protect Your VehicleProtect Your Vehicle and its contents. Related ServicesTop 10 Stolen CaresEach year, IBC produces a list of the top 10 stolen vehicles in Canada. IBC also reports on the top 10 stolen vehicles and trends in organized auto theft for specific regions in Canada. Cargo Theft Each year, cargo theft costs the Canadian economy $5 billion. All too often, cargo theft goes unreported. IBC leads a national cargo theft reporting program with the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA). ImmobilizersA favourite activity of organized crime, auto theft is lucrative, dangerous and common. IBC helped create the Canadian gold standard for engine immobilizers – the best defence against drive-away auto theft. Insurance Crime IBC provides investigative services to help contain the premiums of honest Canadian policyholders. Reporting Fraud If you suspect insurance fraud, document your concerns. Take detailed notes of all dates and times. Save all correspondence with any service providers or other individuals you deal with. Loss PreventionBy practising safe driving techniques, you can prevent a collision. If you are in a collision, watch out for repair shop scams and other preventable costs.