Autocrime

Organized vehicle theft is a growing problem in Alberta, costing Albertans and insurers an estimated $80 million to replace stolen vehicles. In fact, for every 100,000 people, 545 vehicles are stolen in Alberta (2018)—the highest per capita rate in Canada. This is three times higher than Ontario at 167! Many thefts are crimes of opportunity, driven by drug addiction or need to acquire a vehicle for a criminal act. Still, there are many organized vehicle theft rings operating, participating in re-VINning, cloning, fencing, and exportation.