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Auto Theft

Auto Theft

​​​​​​​​​​​On average, a car is stolen every 7 minutes in Canada. ​

​​Why Auto Theft Is a Serious Threat 

Every year, approximately 40 people die and many more are injured as a direct result of auto theft. When it’s in the hands of a thief, a stolen car is like a loaded gun. Car 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, IBC publishes a list of the Top 10 Most Stolen Cars – see if your car is a potential target.

How to Prevent Auto Theft

An experienced thief can steal your car without a key in 30 seconds. Learn a few simple precautions​ that you can take to help protect your car. 

Fighting Crime Involves Many Partners

Auto 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.