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Federal government announces summit on auto theft

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This summit will take place on February 8 in Ottawa.

The Canadian Press

The federal government announced Sunday a national summit on vehicle theft intended to bring together the provinces and members of the industry to fight this scourge.

During a press conference in Montreal, ministers acknowledged that a sharp increase in the number of vehicle thefts prompted the government to organize this summit. They hope to be able to curb organized crime, which benefits greatly from it.

This summit will take place on February 8 in Ottawa.

They pointed out that according to industry data, the rate of auto theft increased by 50% in Quebec and 48.3% in Ontario in 2022. The Greater Toronto Police Service says it has found a 104% increase in auto thefts from 2021 to 2022.

The government reports that gangs are stealing vehicles, often for account of organized crime, and send them to the Middle East and Africa. Some vehicles remain in the country to be used to commit other crimes before being destroyed.

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Despite this not very reassuring picture, the government insists that laws intended to combat vehicle theft at various stages are robust.

Quebec Public Security Minister François Bonnardel, hastened to accept the invitation from the federal government. The scourge of car theft was one of Quebec's priority subjects during the last meeting of federal, provincial and territorial partners last October in Bromont. I will participate with the teams of the Ministry of Public Security to find lasting solutions, he declared on the social network X.

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