VE­HI­CLE THEFTS ON THE RISE

Toy­ota SUVs top tar­gets for thieves

Windsor Star - - FRONT PAGE - MARY CATON

Ve­hi­cle thefts in Es­sex County jumped 14 per cent be­tween 2015 and 2016 ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion re­leased Thurs­day by the In­sur­ance Bureau of Canada.

Us­ing data from Sta­tis­tics Canada, the IBC re­port said Guelph ex­pe­ri­enced the high­est spike in auto thefts dur­ing that time pe­riod at 49 per cent. They listed Wind­sor as up 14 per cent but Wind­sor Po­lice spokesman Steve Bet­teridge points out that per­cent­age is for the cen­sus met­ro­pol­i­tan area used by Stats Canada which takes in all of Es­sex County.

“We looked at the five-year trend for Wind­sor and we’re not see­ing any huge jump,” Bet­teridge said, not­ing there were 598 auto theft in­ves­ti­ga­tions in 2016 and 525 in 2015.

He said WPS prefers study­ing five-year trends be­cause “sta­tis­tics can go up or down quickly” over a shorter pe­riod of time.

Ac­cord­ing to the IBC re­port, St. Catharines saw the third-high­est in­crease provin­cially at five per cent while Lon­don saw a nine-per­cent de­crease.

Over­all, On­tario saw a one-per­cent in­crease in auto thefts.

The IBC re­port also re­leased its top 10 list for most fre­quently stolen ve­hi­cles.

The 2016 Toy­ota 4Run­ner 4-door 4WD SUV topped a list heavy with high-end SUVs. The 2015 Toy­ota 4Run­ner 4-door 4WD SUV was sec­ond fol­lowed by both the 2006 Chevro­let Ta­hoe 4WD and GMC Yukon 4WD SUVs.

The re­port noted cars are stolen for a num­ber of rea­sons in­clud­ing for ship­ment over­seas, where they are ei­ther sold to con­sumers who are un­aware they are buy­ing a stolen car; chopped for parts; or used to com­mit another crime.

The re­port of­fered a num­ber of anti-theft tips that in­clude:

Never leave your ve­hi­cle run­ning when unat­tended. Park in well-lit ar­eas. When park­ing your car, al­ways close the win­dows and lock the doors. Put valu­ables and pack­ages in the trunk, where they are out of sight. Keep your car in the garage at night. Don’t leave per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in the glove box. Take your in­sur­ance and own­er­ship doc­u­ments with you when you park your ve­hi­cle.

NICK BRANCACCIO

The Chevro­let Ta­hoe was near the top of the list of stolen ve­hi­cles re­ported in 2015-16, says the In­sur­ance Bureau of Canada.

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