The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has praised the Ontario government's recent announcement of a $51 million investment aimed at cracking down on auto theft in the province.
The investment will help police fight against organized crime and support the creation of new auto theft prosecution teams.
Kim Donaldson, vice-president of Ontario for IBC, issued a statement commending the government's commitment to invest in new measures to combat organized crime throughout the province.
"We are especially pleased to see funding to support the creation of new auto theft prosecution teams, who will be responsible for investigating and prosecuting criminal organizations profiting from stolen vehicles. This sends a strong message that auto theft is not a victimless property crime and perpetrators who threaten public safety should expect criminal sanctions," said Donaldson.
Donaldson also expressed satisfaction with the announcement of funding towards the creation of an organized crime towing and auto theft team.
The team's purpose is to prevent organized crime's involvement in towing and auto theft.
He continues to call on all orders of government, as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canada Border Services Agency, to come together to address this growing issue in a coordinated manner.
Auto theft has been a significant concern across Ontario, with a vehicle stolen every 48 minutes.
The new investment in the province is a significant and positive step towards better protecting Ontarians and their families.
With the increase in auto thefts, it is critical that the government and law enforcement take action to ensure public safety.