Car theft can happen to anyone at any time and whether the number of car thefts is going up or down at a certain time does not accurately reflect the potential harm that can occur. For example, even though the number of car thefts in a certain neighborhood can go down, the recovery rate of these vehicles has been declining over the years.
It’s estimated that in Canada about 420 cars are stolen per day, which averages out to approximately one every three and a half minutes. It’s not the newest and shiniest cars that are being picked up either. The 1999 and 2000 Honda Civic SiR models have been near or at the top of the list of the most commonly stolen cars in the country. These Hondas are a popular choice for the younger crowd and a lot of the vehicles that are taken are chopped for their parts.
Auto theft in Canada continues to be big business. While many vehicles are taken for parts only, a lot are shipped overseas to Eastern Europe, the Middle East or West Africa. There is a huge market in these countries for rugged vehicles such as the Ford F350 and the Chevrolet Trailblazer, which are also major targets for car thieves.
It’s estimated that approximately 50% of the vehicles that have been stolen end up in a chop shop. The parts are sold to unsuspecting businesses that have no idea that they are purchasing stolen parts. These parts are worth big money and a car that has been dismantled and sold piece by piece is often worth more than a vehicle that has been sold as a whole.
In order to protect yourself against car theft make sure that you always lock the doors and windows and place any items of interest in your car in the trunk where they can’t be seen. Park in areas that are well-lit and never leave your car when it is running – even for a minute.
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