Ontarians are becoming increasingly concerned about the rise of auto theft cases across the province, a recent survey by CAA Insurance Company has shown.
Survey findings revealed that nearly half (47%) of respondents are deeply concerned about auto theft cases.
This figure was found to be even higher among residents of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, where 57% of respondents reported sharing these anxieties.
However, only 30% of those surveyed felt that their own vehicles were at risk of being stolen, suggesting that many Ontarians are underestimating the vulnerability of their cars, according to the report.
Data from the Solicitor General of Ontario shows a car is stolen every 48 minutes in the province. From 2014 to 2021, auto thefts skyrocketed by 72%, with a 14% increase in the last year alone.
"As an organization, we are deeply concerned about the rising trend of auto theft in Ontario and across the country,” said says Elliott Silverstein, director of government relations at CAA Insurance Company. “The survey results highlight the urgency of taking comprehensive action to protect our communities.”
The survey also revealed how Ontarians are safeguarding their vehicles through basic security measures.
Majority (82%) of drivers surveyed said they ensure that their vehicles are always locked, while 77% said they keep valuable items out of sight. Nearly 50% of respondents reported parking their cars in locked garages.
While a significant portion were found to employ basic anti-theft measures, only a small percentage of surveyed drivers took more proactive steps to ensure their vehicle’s safety. A mere 6% use a steering wheel lock, while only 8% employ a Faraday box to block RFID signals.
Considering these figures, CAA Insurance offered the following tips to owners to deter vehicle theft:
“Auto theft can happen to anyone, and drivers need to do more than just lock their doors to make their vehicle difficult to steal,” said Silverstein. “We are urging Ontarians to take additional preventive measures to safeguard their vehicles, making them less appealing targets for thieves.”
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