Auto Theft

Auto theft is defined as the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. This offence category includes the theft of automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, motor scooters, and snowmobiles.  Car thefts can occur anytime -- at random on different days of the week and times of the day, depending on the locations.

Taking precautionary measures can minimize your chances of becoming the victim of auto theft.  Below are some tips you can use to avoid being the victim of auto theft:

•Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a business, store, etc.

•Never leave any keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes.  Thieves know where to find it.

•Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked in front of your home.

•Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk out of sight.

•Always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas, when possible.

•Install a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel, column, or brakes. These devices may deter some criminals.

•Investigate the purchase of a vehicle theft tracking/security system, especially if you own one of the frequently stolen model vehicles.

•Never leave personal identification documents, original vehicle ownership documents, or credit cards in your vehicle.

•If you must leave your key with a valet, attendant, or mechanic, leave only the ignition key. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable firm.

•In high theft areas the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should be etched on windows, doors, fenders, and trunk lid. This makes it difficult for a thief to market your stolen car parts.

 

If your car or accessories are stolen, the police will need specific information to identify the car, parts, and accessories. You should record the following:

Year, Make, Model, Colour(s)
Licence Number
Vehicle Identification Number
Serial numbers of all special equipment
Special markings - dents, scratches, other damage etc.

 

Why vehicles are stolen:

To sell the vehicle or parts - often thieves will take your car out of the Province or Country. Identification numbers may be altered or removed, ownership certificates forged, parts sold or the vehicle repainted.

For transportation - thieves will use your vehicle to get where they want to go and later abandon the vehicle. They may just drive it around to gain 'status' with their friends.
 
To commit other crimes - vehicles are stolen and used in other crimes such as robberies, break and enters, drug dealing, or drive-by shootings.

For vehicle cloning - vehicles are stolen, given a fraudulent identification number, and then sold to unsuspecting persons who are defrauded of their money. Fraudulent vehicles will be located and seized by the Police.

If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately.

 

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