‘Target harden’ your vehicles as auto thefts up 29% in Toronto: police
Toronto police say year-to-date statistics show vehicle thefts in Toronto are up 29 per cent and one of the main problems is that owners are simply not doing enough to secure them.
“There have been about 1,000 more stolen autos this year compared to last year, up from 3,200 to 4,200,” Det. Sgt. Daniel Sabadics said during a news conference Thursday morning.
“At 53 Division, we’ve noticed a year-to-date 92 per cent increase of stolen autos.”
Police say thieves are using more sophisticated tools and techniques to break into vehicles. Lately, luxury vehicles such as Lexus, Mercedes and Land Rover have been the main targets.
“We had investigations indicating that they were electronic override thefts,” Sabadics said.
“One, relay thefts, which you may be familiar with where your fob or your key itself is cloned. Second, electronic override method is being used to access the vehicle’s OBD, or on-board diagnostic in the car.”
Investigators say the increased trend in luxury auto thefts is similar in areas surrounding the city including York, Halton and Peel region.
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