Auto theft less com­mon than break-ins but re­mains an is­sue

Thornhill Post - - News -

The num­ber of stolen ve­hi­cles in York Re­gion de­creased from 799 in 2016 to 795 in 2017, re­sult­ing in a 0.5 per cent de­crease.

Theft from ve­hi­cles is one of the most fre­quent crimes af­fect­ing lo­cal res­i­dents; how­ever, theft of ve­hi­cles is less com­mon.

“The lo­gis­tics be­hind an auto theft re­quires a much more pro­fes­sional car thief,” said Koubi. “It’s not the same as break­ing into a car and steal­ing some stuff. I’ve maybe heard about 10 in­ci­dents in the last year in Thorn­hill Woods.”

He said that many of those in­ci­dents oc­cur

when cars are left un

locked and kept run­ning

in the win­ter where a thief will just open the door and drive it away. “There was one in­ci­dent on a very high theft per­cent­age car that they ba­si­cally backed up onto the drive­way and towed it away,” said Koubi. “It’s not an ex­otic car, it’s a Toy­ota SUV that ev­ery­body is try­ing to steal.”

Steve Kee, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the In­sur­ance Bureau of Canada, said he has seen new types of tech­nol­ogy and apps that al­low thieves easy ac­cess to ve­hi­cles.

“A highly mo­ti­vated thief with the right tools can steal a ve­hi­cle in a mat­ter of sec­onds, so en­sure you’re do­ing ev­ery­thing in your power to not leave your­self vul­ner­a­ble,” said Kee.

The Toy­ota 4Run­ner was the most stolen car in On­tario in 2017

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