End Auto Theft
Auto theft is a national crisis
- The costs of auto theft
- Empowering Drivers: What you can do to protect your vehicle
- Thinking of buying a new vehicle? Here’s what you need to know
- About the End Auto Theft Campaign
Auto theft hurts everyone. When thieves steal, we all pay.
Auto theft is a crisis that’s affecting Canadians across the country, and is being felt most acutely in Ontario. Across Canada, more than 80,000 vehicles have been stolen in the last year. That’s one vehicle stolen every five minutes. Without a whole-of-society response, the crisis is expected to get even worse.
Read on to learn more about what needs to be done to end auto theft, including the steps you can take to help keep your vehicle safe.
For the first time in history, Canada’s private auto insurers paid out $1.2 billion in theft claims in 2022 – three times more than what was paid in 2018. That trend continued to climb in the first half of 2023.
In Ontario alone, auto theft claims are up 329% in that same time period. Of the over $700 million in losses across Ontario, $500 million was in the GTA alone. The 905 belt, including Durham, Halton and York, have experienced 500% increases in auto theft. It’s time fix this crisis.
The costs of auto theft
Auto theft costs every driver in Ontario an average of $130 a year: that’s how much of your auto insurance premium goes towards settling claims for stolen vehicles (on average). But that’s only part of the story. Ontarians are paying more than $1.6 billion to cover the costs associated with auto theft – from law enforcement and court resources, to the mental anguish of being victimized, to the general economic costs. Auto theft hurts everyone. When thieves steal, we all pay.
The auto theft crisis is also creating unsafe communities across the country as many of these thefts are linked to organized crime and the proceeds are used to fund the trafficking of guns and drugs. How bad have things gotten? One in four Canadians say either they or someone they know has had their car stolen in the last five years.
The majority of Canadians (84%) say the rise in auto theft makes them concerned about the potential overall increase in crime in their community. Almost 70% of us are concerned about our personal safety or our family’s safety due to the increase in auto theft. And just as many of us are nervous we could be the victim of auto theft. For more information on the survey, click here.
End auto theft in Canada
We need a whole-of-society approach to turn the tide: no one organization or industry can solve the problem of auto theft on its own. It starts with the federal government coordinating a national auto theft strategy with a focus on stopping the illegal export of stolen vehicles.
Thinking of buying a new vehicle? Here’s what you need to know
Before you buy or lease, check with your insurance representative to understand how much insurance could cost for that vehicle. Review Équité Association’s Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles list to see which makes and models are most attractive to thieves.
Before you purchase or lease a new vehicle, know that the make, model, year, value and potential cost to repair a car all impact the cost of insurance. To see how your car measures up, click here.
About the End Auto Theft Campaign
IBC and Équité Association have partnered to raise awareness about the growing auto theft crisis that’s affecting Canadians across the country, on behalf of their members: the property and causality (P&C) insurance industry. The P&C industry has a long history of working with law enforcement to combat auto theft. Insurers are taking proactive steps to try to help protect their customers from the impacts of auto theft, and many insurers are subsidizing the costs associated with the installation of approved aftermarket tracking devices. Équité Association releases an annual Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles list to help consumers make informed choices.
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