According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), automobile theft is still a huge issue in Canada, costing Canadians close to $1 billion each year. This includes $542 million in insurance payouts, as well as $250 million in policing costs, health care and court systems costs. These numbers do not include the cost of correctional services.
Despite advancements in technology, such as key-less entry and GPS, car theft is evidently still a large - and costly - issue in Canada. In fact, the IBC estimates that a vehicle is stolen every six minutes in Canada.
Auto thieves are getting smarter and are developing new ways to steal. Many thieves have crafted sophisticated methods of using technology to bypass vehicles’ security systems. In 2020, auto theft has become less about stealing keys and hot-wiring vehicles, and more about intercepting signals between your vehicle and the entry fob. When your vehicle and entry fob are close enough together, experienced thieves are able to capture the signal and dismantle the vehicle.
Although provinces such as Alberta and British Columbia experience the highest levels of auto theft, Ontario is still impacted by this issue. In December 2019, CTV news reported that Toronto police busted a $1.6 million car theft ring focused on the exportation of high-end vehicles out of Canada.
According to the IBC, there are four key reasons why auto theft occurs:
We suggest taking the necessary steps to protect yourself, and your vehicle, from theft:
In the unfortunate circumstance that your vehicle is stolen, be sure to immediately inform police. When you speak with the police, they will likely ask for your insurance policy number, the location of theft, and if any witnesses were present.
After you’ve contacted the police, give your insurance company a call. Try to have the following information readily available: the police report number, the insurance policy number, and the location of the theft. Typically, insurance companies will wait five days to see if the vehicle is recovered before providing compensation.
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Whether you're purchasing a used vehicle, receiving a family hand-me-down, or selling your own vehicle, you'll need to obtain a safety certificate to go with it before you can get behind the wheel or hand it over to someone else.
Winter is here, which means that the snow is beginning to come down, the roads are becoming icy, and driving is starting to become increasingly difficult.
At The Mufflerman, the health and safety of our customers and staff is of paramount importance. We're committed to taking the appropriate steps outlined by health and government officials to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and to protect the global well-being.
As our stores remain open, we have - and will continue to - take the recommended steps to ensure that they are safe. In addition to our already high-standard of cleanliness, we have begun the regular disinfection of doors, counters, etc, amongst other steps. We also ask that if you are feeling sick, or have travelled recently, please give us a call instead of visiting one of our locations.