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Record car thefts are reported in 2023 by the police services of York, Peel and Toronto, in particular.

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“I was shaking a lot. I did not know what to do. I paced around the house, confused. I couldn’t believe it,” says Frank Triolo, his voice trembling.

The 60-year-old from Brampton remembers the morning of November 28 vividly. As usual, he left his house with his lunch box a little after 7 a.m. to drive to the office.

This morning- there, his 2013 Ford Escape was missing from his driveway. After a few moments of confusion, he realizes that his car was stolen the night before.

It was traumatic. I'm still in shock.

A quote from Frank Triolo

He calls the Peel Regional Police and they make him fill out a theft report over the phone. A few hours later, an agent called him back. Frank Triolo then asks him why thieves took such an old car.

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Frank Triolo loved his car and kept it in mint condition. “Now that that part of my life is gone, it's difficult,” he says.

The agent simply told me let them steal everything they can now, says the Bramptonian.

Taken by surprise, Frank Triolo remembers the many valuable items that were also in his car at the time of the theft.

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There were my tools and Christmas presents that my daughter had just bought. There were also my prescription glasses and my sunglasses, the man lists.

However, it was the loss of a rosary that hurts him the most. My daughter was at the Vatican last month and brought it back to me. Now it's lost.

This car theft could even delay his retirement, which he planned to take at the end of the year. He explains that with the current price of cars, he might be forced to work longer in order to afford a new model that suits him.

It's quite a nightmare for me. It's really, really difficult.

A quote from Frank Triolo

Since the theft, he has been calling Peel police regularly for updates, but nothing has been found so far. In the meantime, he is told, the police force must respond to other cases which are continually being added.

I understand that this It's just a car. But it was my car, he concluded, with tears in his eyes.

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Thousands of Canadians have been victims of vehicle theft this year. Records were also broken in the regions of Peel, York and Toronto.

We don't like to break our records, but here we are, says Toronto Police Service Superintendent Steve Watts.

He adds that the The trend is still on the rise in the Queen City.

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Michael Thomas Seibt is still searching for his stolen car in a Toronto garage in November.

This is what happened to German-born Torontonian Michael Thomas Seibt. He says he went to the Euro Auto Center in Toronto's York neighborhood last month for repairs to his Mercedes E-Class.

The day where I was getting ready to pick up my car, the mechanic called me to tell me that it had been stolen, he sighs. Ten to twelve other vehicles were stolen at the same time.

He tells her that the thieves broke in and then forced the key box to take the vehicles. The owner of the garage has since filed a report with the police.

The Torontonian, however, wanted to file his own report and obtain more information from the police.

They told me they are not actively looking for the car because they do not have the necessary resources.

A quote from Michael Thomas Seibt

His sedan has still not been found.

As noted Frank Triolo, even old cars are not safe from thieves in the GTA.

Superintendent Steve Watts explains that Authorities have noticed an increase in the use of a crime vehicle in Ontario and across the country.

So maybe we would steal a 2005 Toyota or Ford to commit a secondary crime. It would later be set on fire to destroy the evidence.

A quote from Steve Watts, Superintendent of the Toronto Police Service

Of course, the more high-end cars popular with thieves end up in containers, particularly towards West Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Organized crime's interest in automobiles has also led to an increase in violent car thefts, also known as carjackings (or carjackings). English).

This type of theft has jumped 80% in the last two years in Toronto, deplores Superintendent Steve Watts. He notes that it is mainly minors who commit this type of crime.

To fight against the marked increase in car thefts, the government of Doug Ford announced an investment of $51 million over 3 years earlier this year to improve police response.

The funds were notably used to create a team specializing in road piracy in September.

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Toronto Police Superintendent Steve Watts says vehicles and their parts have become a source of profit for organized crime since the pandemic. (File photo)

Its goal is to identify and dismantle the organized crime networks that hire small teams of violent thieves, Steve emphasizes Watts.

The superintendent says the group has a high success rate, resolving many of the current violent theft cases.

He believes, however, that it a global approach, bringing together different players with the police such as insurance companies or car manufacturers, in order to find a lasting solution to car theft.

The key to success, at least initially, is to actually work together to find solutions, concludes Steve Watts.

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