Three lux­ury cars stolen from same area

Elec­tronic tools mak­ing it easy for crim­i­nals to tar­get high-end au­tos

Village Post - - News -

Ac­cord­ing to the Lea­side Com­mu­nity Face­book page, on the morn­ing of Nov. 22, a res­i­dent wit­nessed three Lexus ve­hi­cles be­ing stolen. This has be­come an all-too fa­mil­iar scene in Toronto neigh­bour­hoods.

Re­ported auto thefts by Toronto Po­lice 53 Di­vi­sion, which in­cludes Lea­side, more than dou­bled in 2018. On Dec. 13, Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice (TPS) held a news con­fer­ence to dis­cuss and ex­plain this rise in auto thefts.

“It's be­com­ing a pan­demic in our city,” said Det. Sgt. Daniel Sabadics of 53 Di­vi­sion. “Toronto is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a 29 per cent in­crease in the theft of au­tos. What that boils down to is about 1,000 more stolen au­tos this year than last year.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors who have worked these cases be­lieve that the rise in thefts can be at­trib­uted to the use of elec­tronic tools. Po­lice say that there was a three­fold in­crease in these types of thefts from last year, in Di­vi­sions 53 and 13.

“We had in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­di­cat­ing that they were elec­tronic over­write thefts,” said Sabadics. “There are two types. One is re­lay thefts, which is where the fob or the key it­self is cloned. There is also an over­ride elec­tronic method be­ing used.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve that the tools and soft­ware re­quired for these kinds of crimes can be found on­line and are meant for high-end ve­hi­cles.

Po­lice rec­om­mend us­ing a steer­ing wheel club, a wheel boot, in­stalling an ig­ni­tion kill switch or an af­ter­mar­ket alarm sys­tem and keep­ing any elec­tor­nic key it­self in a metal con­tainer or bag, as far away from the front door as pos­si­ble.

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