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