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Organized car theft high in Ontario: Official

Your two-door 2000 Honda Civic is sporty and powerful. It’s also the top target for auto thieves in Ontario and Canada, according to a report released Thursday by the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

Your two-door 2000 Honda Civic is sporty and powerful. It’s also the top target for auto thieves in Ontario and Canada, according to a report released Thursday by the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

The vehicles are being stolen for two main reasons: Joy riding and to be sold as part of organized crime, said Rick Dubin, vice-president of investigative services at IBC.

Most of the vehicles, including Hummers and Cadillacs, are targeted because they have four-wheel drive and do not have electronic immobilizers, or anti-theft devices.

The latter were not mandatory for Canadian-made vehicles until 2007, he said.

“These are high-end vehicles exported from (the ports of) Montreal and Halifax to Nigeria and Ghana ... Eastern Europe and the Middle East,” Dubin said.

Since Jan. 1 this year, 600 high-end vehicles worth $18 million have been seized at Montreal and Halifax ports, he said.

“To us, that means organized crime has a very strong foothold in auto theft in Canada, particularly in a high volume in Ontario and Quebec,” he said.

Overall, though, auto thefts were down 15 per cent in 2009 in Canada from 2008, he added.

In 2009, 108,000 vehicles were stolen in Canada, of which 27,175 were from Ontario, he said.

In 2008, 125,000 were stolen in Canada.

 
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