Provincial Carjacking Joint Task Force
The Provincial Carjacking Joint Task Force (PCJTF) is aimed at addressing the rising incidents of violence related to auto crimes in our communities. Whether it be a carjacking, a home invasion, an assault, or other form of intimidation, the level of violence being used in the commission of these offences represents a new andevolving threat to public safety.
Co-led by the Toronto Police Service (TPS) and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the task force is a collaboration between police services from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including York Regional Police, HaltonRegional Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service, Peel RegionalPolice and other external agencies, including Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario (CISO).
The purpose of the PCJTF is to disrupt the networks responsible for high-risk auto thefts, which increasingly involve violence, firearms and other weapons. Members of the task force work collaboratively to maximize enforcement efforts against criminal organizations involved in violent vehicle crimes who are operating within the GTA.
The PCJTF will be notified of violent auto crime occurrences taking place in each jurisdiction, which will then be investigated collaboratively by the respective service and the PCJTF.
The PCJTF is being funded by participating police services, and by CISO, through fundingprovided by the Government of Ontario.
Read News Release announncing the PCJTF.
Violent Auto Thefts in the GTA
The incidents of violence related to auto crimes occurring in Ontario has increased overthe last several years. For instance, there have been more than 300 carjackings in the GTA in 2023, with over 200 of those occurring in Toronto.
Thieves are stealing vehicles, and then using those vehicles to carry out other crimes, orare shipping them overseas, where they are resold. Alternatively, vehicle identificationnumbers (VINs) are altered and the vehicles are sold domestically.
Anyone with information about auto thefts in their community is encouraged to call their local police service. To provide a tip anonymously, call 1-800-222-TIPS (6477) or visit www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca.