Left Navigation 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 TheftAn 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. For the second year in a row, in 2013 the 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2DR was Canada’s most stolen car. Across the country, high-value SUVs and Ford trucks made it onto IBC’s 2013 list. 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. 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. Lock It or Lose ItA professional can steal your vehicle in just 30 seconds. A vehicle with an unlocked door or an open window is an easy target. Protect your vehicle from theft. Always roll up your vehicle’s windows, lock the doors and pocket the keys when you park your car. Park in a well-lit area and never leave valuables in plain view Related ServicesTop 10 Stolen CarsEach 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.