Auto Crimes

Vehicle Crime Can Happen to Anyone. Any Vehicle is Susceptible.

By taking simple precautions, you can dramatically reduce the risk of vehicle theft or the loss of property from your vehicle.

Auto Safety Starts with You

Why Vehicles Are Stolen

  • To sell the vehicle or parts - Often thieves will take your car out of the province or country. Identification numbers may be altered or removed, ownership certificates forged, parts sold or the vehicle repainted
  • For transportation - Thieves will use your vehicle to get where they want to go and later abandon the vehicle. They may just drive it around to gain ‘status’ with their friends
  • To commit other crimes - Vehicles are stolen and used in other crimes such as robberies, break and enters, drug dealing or drive-by shootings
  • For vehicle cloning - Vehicles are stolen, given a fraudulent identification number and then sold to unsuspecting persons who are defrauded of their money. Fraudulent vehicles will be located and seized by the Police

How to Reduce the Risk of Vehicle Theft

When parking your vehicle:

  • Never leave a vehicle parked and running when you run an errand-even for a minute
  • Always, remove the keys and take them with you
  • Park in a well-lit, attended area if possible
  • Completely close and lock doors and windows
  • Turn your wheels towards the curb to make it harder to tow

When at home:

  • If you have a garage, use and lock it
  • Install a motion sensor light to light up your vehicles and garage
  • If you have a rear-wheel drive car, back into driveway
  • If you have a front-wheel drive car, park front end first
  • Always set the emergency brake
  • Don’t leave the original ownership or insurance cards in the vehicle when unattended - make a photocopy of both sides of the documents to leave in your vehicle
  • Drop business cards or address labels inside doors to assist with vehicle identification

Other important tips:

  • Never hide a spare key in the vehicle, thieves know where to look
  • Be aware of your surroundings and drive with your doors locked

Preventing Theft From Your Vehicle 

  • Never leave ANYTHING on display when you leave your vehicle. This Includes purses left in the front seat when pumping gas and power chords to run and charge devices as these may attract thieves to your vehicle

  • Lock all parcels and shopping bags in the trunk of your vehicle

  • Consider an alarm – Consider installing an alarm if you regularly leave your vehicle in accessible unattended places such as parking garage or a commuter parking lot. Remember to always take anti-theft precautions, regardless of whether you have an alarm as an alarm can only be expected to improve your chances of not being a victim

Invest in Vehicle Protection if Possible

  • Have an Ignition Kill Switch installed – The ignition kill switch will prevent your vehicle from starting without it being turned on. As only you will know its hidden location, it is a good deterrent against thieves. In the event that you have this switch installed, contact your insurer and ask for a discount
  • Visible Steering Wheel Lock – a visual deterrent to a thief
  • Consider installing a Vehicle Tracking System - A vehicle tracking system uses GPS technology to locate and track your vehicle

If Your Vehicle is Stolen:

Report the theft to the Police Immediately. You should be ready to report the following vehicle information:

  • Year and make, model, colour(s)
  • Licence number
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Serial numbers of all special equipment
  • Special markings - decals, after-market parts, dents, scratches, other damage, etc.

If your accessories are stolen, the Police will need specific information to identify these items. By taking simple precautions, you can dramatically reduce the risk of vehicle theft or the loss of property from your vehicle.


To report a crime anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at: 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or online at:

In An Emergency: Call 9-1-1.

To report a crime to the Toronto Police that is not an emergency call 416-808-2222.


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