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A car theft every 40 minutes in Toronto

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12,000 vehicles have been stolen in Toronto in 2023.

Radio-Canada

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More than 12,000 vehicles have were stolen in Toronto last year, which equates to a car theft every 40 minutes, according to data shared by Police Chief Myron Demkiw.

The stolen cars have a total value of $790 million, he adds. There were also 68 carjackings in 2024, which is a 106% increase compared to the same period last year.

Mr. Demkiw recalls that in January, suspected thieves stole a vehicle with two children on board in the parking lot of a supermarket and drove for 15 minutes before being arrested by the police. Ontario's Auto Theft Task Force says it has recovered 109 vehicles and made dozens of arrests since last fall.

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