IBC chief stresses "whole-of-society" approach to tackle auto theft crisis

Trade body commends federal government's action plan

IBC chief stresses "whole-of-society" approach to tackle auto theft crisis

Motor & Fleet

By Terry Gangcuangco

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) president and chief executive Celyeste Power believes that a whole-of-society approach is needed to address the issue of auto theft in the country.

“IBC and its members commend the federal government for taking a leadership role in bringing all orders of government, law enforcement, border and port authority officials, insurers, and auto manufacturers together to find solutions to Canada’s auto theft crisis,” Power commented following the recently concluded National Summit on Combatting Auto Theft.

“Given the scope and severity of the crisis, a whole-of-society approach is required to tackle this issue under the leadership of the federal government.

The CEO went on to point out that auto theft is not a victimless crime but a costly national epidemic putting Canadians’ safety at risk.

“We are pleased that [Public Safety] Minister Dominic LeBlanc committed to a concrete, detailed action plan in a few weeks, and look forward to supporting those next steps,” Power said. “While these are good first steps toward ending Canada’s auto theft crisis, there is more work that must be done.

“Canada’s private auto insurers stand ready to work with all orders of government and key stakeholders to deliver on the forthcoming action plan. We’re committed to cutting off funds to organized crime and ensuring people across Canada feel safe in their communities.”

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