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How to Prevent Car Theft: Essential Tips for Vehicle Owners

A modern car parked under a streetlight on a quiet street in Newfoundland. The street is lined with traditional Newfoundland houses, and the area is well-lit by the streetlight. The car is locked, and all windows are closed. The surroundings include a few trees and a clear night sky. This image illustrates car theft prevention measures.

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The latest industry reports indicate a concerning trend: Vehicle theft has increased significantly, with a 50% rise in Ontario and Quebec and a 35% increase in Atlantic Canada between 2021 and 2023.

“Car theft is on the rise due to several factors, including organized crime, key-fob spoofing, and ongoing supply chain issues,” said Guillaume Lamy, senior vice president of personal lines at Intact Financial Corporation. “This is a national crisis that requires a collective effort to solve.”

While this may be alarming for many Canadians, car theft is not a random crime, and there are simple actions you can take to decrease the risk of having your car stolen. Prevention is key.

1. Be Aware

Even if you live in an area where auto theft is uncommon, it’s important to remain vigilant. One of the easiest ways to prevent car theft is to go back to basics: park your car in a garage or well-lit area, don’t leave your car unattended while it’s running, and ensure all doors and windows are closed and locked.

Remember, vehicle theft is about where you live and where you drive. Your car could be stolen at work, during a grocery run, or at the hockey rink, so always lock your doors and park in highly visible areas.

2. Make it Known that Your Vehicle is Protected

Consider using visible and audible anti-theft measures such as steering wheel locks, sound alarms, and brake or wheel locks. Turn off your key FOB or place it inside an RFID-blocking pouch when not in use, even at home.

3. Install Tracking and Recovery Technology

Installing tracking technology can be very effective in preventing and recovering stolen vehicles. These devices can be placed throughout your vehicle and on components that are commonly sold for parts. This technology helps locate and recover your car if it’s stolen.

“Tracking technology has proven to be very effective in preventing and recovering stolen vehicles,” Lamy said. “When vehicles equipped with tracking devices are stolen, we see a recovery rate of close to 100%.”

4. Understand Your Coverage

At Wedgwood Insurance, we aim to help our customers protect their vehicles and reduce the ongoing problem of auto theft. Speak with a member of our team to learn about available options and ensure you have the proper coverage and tools to be proactive against car theft.

Bottom Line

Car theft is on the rise in Canada, but there are many proactive measures car owners can take to prevent car theft. Always ensure your doors and windows are closed and locked, install and show that your vehicle is protected with tracking technology, and speak with your insurance provider to ensure you have the right coverage.

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Author Jamie Ross

Jamie Ross leads the Marketing and Communications team at Wedgwood Insurance, renowned as one of Atlantic Canada’s premier independent insurance brokers. Bringing a wealth of experience amassed over many years at some of Canada's most esteemed advertising agencies, Jamie transitioned to the insurance industry in 2017. This pivotal move has marked a period of significant professional growth and contribution to the field. A native Nova Scotian, Jamie has been a resident of St. John's, NL, since 2011, where he has become an integral part of the local community. Learn more about Jamie.

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