Statement of Intent on Combatting Auto Theft
February 8, 2024 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
An estimated 90,000 vehicles are reported stolen annually (or one car every six minutes) in Canada. In some regions, organized crime groups are increasingly turning to violence to commit these crimes, like car jackings and home invasions, and the proceeds of crime are used to fund other illegal activities like money laundering and drug trafficking. This negatively impacts the sense of community safety for those in Canada. Auto theft also has real economic impacts for Canadian car owners that result in approximately $1 billion in annual losses, including an estimated $542 million in costs annually for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles.
This is why participants at the National Summit on Combatting Auto Theft Summit, held in Ottawa, Ontario on February 8, 2024, endorsed this Statement of Intent and committed to working together and with all partners to disrupt auto theft and to help Canadians feel safer in their communities.
Statement of Intent
As a participant in the National Summit on Combatting Auto Theft, we recognize the need to coordinate and enhance efforts to combat auto theft in Canada, with a particular focus on regions that are being disproportionately impacted.
We recognize that combatting auto theft is complex, consisting of many points of possible deterrence and intervention including prevention, detection, enforcement and recovery.
We further recognize that combatting auto theft requires a whole-of-society effort, with full cooperation between all governments, municipalities, law enforcement, and private sector partners.
We hereby commit to take leadership within our roles and responsibilities to support and enhance the ongoing efforts of Police, industry and/or Governments, in order to further deter auto theft and address related issues.
We recognize that this is no small task and this is why we commit to maintaining cooperation through this pan-Canadian dialogue, starting with the National Summit on Combatting Auto Theft on February 8, 2024 and commit to participating in concrete, collaborative and innovative solutions to protect Canadians and ensure they feel safe within their communities.
Honda Canada Inc.
Insurance Bureau of Canada
Aviva Canada Inc.
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
Intact Financial Corporation
Global Automakers of Canada
Government of British Columbia
Government of Northwest Territories
Government of Quebec
Government of Saskatchewan
Government of Yukon
Mayor of Oakville
Industrielle Alliance, Assurance auto et habitation Inc.
Press Secretary and Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs
Public Safety Canada
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