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Car theft is down, involvement of organized crime has increased's top ten most coveted vehicles thieves highlights the need to continue efforts to combat auto theft and export of stolen cars

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has published its annual list of the most commonly stolen vehicles nowadays. Although a model of Honda Civic continues to occupy the first place, the appearance of high-end models such as the Cadillac Escalade in the palmares testifies to the increased involvement of organized crime in car theft.

Here are the top ten most coveted vehicles thieves:

1. Honda Civic SiR 2-door 2000

2. Cadillac Escalade ESV 4 door, has traction intregrale 2003

3. Honda Civic SiR 2-door 1999

/ 4. Chevrolet GMC Trailblazer SS, 4 door, 4WD, 2006

5 Cadillac Escalade EXT 4-door, a traction intregrale, 2002.

6. Cadillac Escalade ESV 4 door, has traction intregrale 2005

Mitsubishi Eclipse Sypder 2 doors 7, 1997.

8. Audi S4 Quatro 4 doors 2000

9. Hummer H2 4-door AWD 2006

10. Cadillac Escalade 4 doors, a traction intregrale 2005

"We note the existence of two very different types of car thieves, stated Joey Ouellet, Regional Director, Investigations, IBC. The first type is simply looking for an easy car to steal, Demuni of an electronic anti-theft immobilizer approved, may be used for purposes of transport, be disassembled for the resale of parts or used to commit other crimes. The other type of thief is interested in high-end models of recent vehicles. Although these vehicles are more difficult to fly, highly sophisticated networks of organized crime can realize significant profits by shipping overseas, taking them apart to sell the parts or selling a consumer unsuspecting after having change the number of vehicle identification (VIN). "

Although many vehicles with four-wheel drive high-end such as the BMW X6, the Toyota RAV4 and Lexus RX350 are not included in the prize list above, they are increasingly the target of thieves. Demand for vehicles of this type is high in Ghana, Nigeria, Dubai, Lebanon, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The organized criminals expedient the vehicles overseas, so that the recovery rate of stolen vehicles in Canada continues to decline, even though the total number of flights is down.

Car theft figures:

* In 2008, auto theft cost Canadian insurers $ 465 million, or about $ 30 in average auto insurance policy.

* According to Statistics Canada, 125,271 vehicles were stolen in Canada in 2008, a decrease of 15% compared to 2007.

* In 2009, IBC investigators working in collaboration with enforcement agencies of the law have prevented 300 stolen vehicles from leaving Canadian ports and repatriated from abroad 72 vehicles representing a total value of approximately 11 million dollars.

"While the decrease in car theft is encouraging, the incidence of car theft is much more serious than the theft itself, stated Mr. Ouellet. Car theft kills and injures innocent Canadians each year. It threatens our security because it helps fund organized crime and possibly terrorism. Fortunately, a bill intended to implement the necessary measures to contain this growing threat is currently before the Senate. "

Bill C-26 recognizes that vehicle theft is a serious and separate offense under the Criminal Code, rather than a crime against property. It targets recidivists car theft involved in organized crime who engage in this dangerous activity is purely profit. Bill comprehensive approach to addressing common activities involved in organized car theft, including possession of a vehicle for the purpose of trafficking, export of stolen vehicles and falsification of identification numbers vehicle. It has also conferred Agency Canada Border Services the powers it needs to identify and seize stolen vehicles or parts of vehicles STOLEN intended for export.

"As Bill C-26 has received the support of all parties in the House of Commons, we hope that the Senate adopt Bill C-26 as soon as possible so that the enforcement agencies law can have the tools they need to fight against auto theft, "stated Mr. Ouellet.

The above data on stolen vehicles are based entirely on information gathered from on actual insurance claims companies who sell almost all of their automobile insurance in Canada. You can view these data in the 2009 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 hereof collision claims 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 about this, please browse the IBC Web site has address then click on "Differences between cars" under "Quick Links".

The Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national trade association that represents the home, car and business Canada private companies. Its member companies represent nearly 95% of the insurance market of damage 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 $ 39 billion.

Source: Insurance Bureau of Canada

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