Auto theft has increased dramatically over the last two years in Ontario. This trend is due to several factors including supply chain interruptions, growing international demand for exported vehicles, new technologies that make it easier to bypass vehicle security systems, as well as the expansion of organized crime. According to industry data from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, a vehicle is stolen every six minutes in Canada.
Secure Your Vehicle With the Following Tips:
Additional Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips
- Park your vehicle in a locked/secure garage, if possible.
- Lock the onboard diagnostic port using a simple device (that can be purchased online) that blocks access to where thieves reprogram the vehicle’s key fob
- Use a steering wheel locking device to deter theft
- Invest in an aftermarket global positioning system (GPS) tracker as it may assist in recovery of the vehicle if it is stolen
- When not in use, place vehicle key fob inside a radio frequency shielding bag/pouch to block cell signals
- Consider purchasing a quality video surveillance system and ensure your cameras are properly placed and functioning for 24-hour use
While there is no guaranteed prevention measure against vehicle theft, here are some additional precautions:
- Always lock all of your vehicle's doors and windows after entering and exiting it.
- Never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running, even for a few seconds. Turn off the ignition and take the keys with you.
- Vehicle Contents:
- Never hide a spare key in your car or outside your residence
- Never leave personal identification or valuables in your vehicle
- Remove technologic and other removable accessories from view when not in your vehicle
- Invest in anti-theft devices:
- Ignition or fuel kill switches
- Steering wheel, gearshift, and hood locks
- Steering column collar
- Electric alarm
Unfortunately, despite all efforts to prevent vehicle theft, it still occurs. If you’ve purchased specified perils, comprehensive coverages, or all perils coverage, you should be covered if your car is stolen. Contact your insurance provider with any questions.