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IBC publishes the annual list of 10 most frequently stolen vehicles

Insurers continue to fight against car theft

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) released its annual list of the most commonly stolen vehicles nowadays. Again in 2010, the fact that AWD models / four-wheel drive high-value shown in palmares indicates that sophisticated networks of organized crime are in the employed. These types of vehicles are often coveted by criminal organizations that dismantle for parts, resell to consumers who do not suspect anything, or export in countries where there is a strong demand for high-end vehicles that perform well on rough terrain.

Last month, the federal government has adopted Bill S-9 (Act tackling auto theft and crimes against property) which gives the Agency a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) the right seize stolen vehicles intended for export.

10 vehicles most coveted thieves in Canada:

   1. Honda Civic SiR 2-door 2000

   2. Honda Civic SiR 2-door 1999

   3. Cadillac Escalade 4 door, 4WD, 2002

   4. Cadillac Escalade 4 door, 4WD, 2004

   5 Acura RSX Type S 2-door 2005.

   6. Acura Integra 2 doors 1997

   7 Audi S4 Quattro 4 door, AWD, 2000.

   8. Hummer H2 4-door AWD 2003

   9. Acura RSX Type S 2 doors 2006

  10. Hummer H2 4-door AWD 2004

"IBC congratulates the federal government to fight against organized crime and auto theft for export and to the security of Canadians a priority, stated Rick Bublin, Vice-President, Investigative Services, IBC . IBC will continue to work hard with the law enforcement and government agencies across Canada organizations to failure to auto theft and recover stolen vehicles before they leave the country. "

Bill S-9 amends the Criminal Code by the theft of a motor vehicle a separate crime punishable by heavy penalties; By making it an offense to alter, destroy or remove the identification number of a vehicle (VIN); and by making it an offense to traffic in property obtained by crime or possess property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking.

Since the beginning of the year, IBC, CBSA and local agencies to law enforcement at the ports of Montreal and Halifax have seized 600 stolen vehicles, valued at $ 18 million, working in partnership. Counting the vehicles that were repatriated from overseas and those who were recovered using recognition technology license plates, IBC has recovered to $ 30.7 million in stolen vehicles in 2010. IBC militate for program expansion ports at the port of Vancouver in 2011.

Car theft figures:

    * According to Statistics Canada, 108,172 vehicles were stolen in Canada in 2009, a decrease of 15% compared to 2008.

    * In 2009, auto theft cost Canadian insurers $ 419 million. When considering also the costs related to emergency response, courts, police, lawyers and personal expenses, the total cost of auto theft in Canada rises nearly $ 1 billion each year .

"In addition to sophisticated crime networks that operate as businesses, transportation theft (or" transferred by car volee ") still exists, says a Dublin. This type of theft is committed by people seeking an easy vehicle to fly for use as transportation or to commit other crimes. The difference is that the stolen vehicles for these motifs are often abandoned and find yourself; while vehicles stolen by organized crime networks to disappear. "

It takes about 30 seconds to a professional thief to steal a vehicle without a key. The ten most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada, eight are not equipped with an Electronic immobilizer system approved, which prevents a thief to start the vehicle without the key. Here's what motorists can do to protect their vehicle:

    * Raise the windows, lock the doors and keep the keys with them.

    * Keep the certificate of registration and proof of insurance of the vehicle in their purse or wallet at all times, instead of leaving them in the glove box.

    * Never leave valuables or packages in plain view. Place them back in the trunk.

    * Never leave the vehicle unattended with the engine running to warm up or let go in the entrance courtyard buy a cafe. In about 20% of stolen cars, the key was in the ignition system.

    * Always park in a busy, well lit area.

    * At home, park the car in the garage, if any, and lock the garage door and the doors of the vehicle.

The above data on stolen vehicles are based entirely on information on actual insurance claims collected from companies which establish almost all automobile insurance in Canada. You can view these data in the 2010 edition of the document "Differences between cars" BAC in which records are compared insurance models of vehicles sold in most countries claim. Are also shown in this paper the best and worst models of vehicle in terms of the claims made for collision and theft. Consumers are invited to consult before buying a new or used vehicle. The paper "Differences between the cars' aims to help consumers understand the impact of costs related to flight insurance claims, collision and other on insurance premiums. For more information, visit IBC's website at www.ibc.ca and click "Differences between cars" under "Topics".

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

The Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national trade association that represents the home, car and business Canada private companies. Its member companies represent 90% of the market of general insurance in Canada. The insurance industry employs more damage 110,000 Canadians, pays taxes more than $ 6 billion to the governments federal, provincial and municipal and manages a total premium base of $ 40 billion.

For more information, please contact Mark Klein at (416) 3622031, ext 4387.

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