Vehicle loss

Steer clear of auto theft

Canadians saw double-digit increases in vehicle theft in 2022¹

Many of us depend on our cars for our every day. From running errands to going to work and picking up kids to and from school, it can be hard to imagine what it would be like without a car. As car theft is on the rise, it’s important to take more steps to lock them out. With some diligent and vigilant habits, you can be your vehicle’s best defence against theft.

Car theft facts² you should know

On average, a vehicle is stolen every 6 minutes in Canada

An experienced car thief can steal a car in minutes

Car thefts cost Canadians billions of dollars every year

Vehicle theft prevention tips

Rising auto thefts concern all of us. Latest industry data has shown a dramatic increase in targeted vehicle thefts of specific make and models.² Thieves have also become more sophisticated and tech-savvy such as using smart keys to steal cars and changing vehicle identification numbers (VIN) as a cover-up. Even if your car isn’t on the list of most stolen cars, there are some proactive steps you can take to help safeguard your vehicle. 

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Park smart

Park your car in the garage, or if you are unable to, in a well-lit, highly visible parking space.


Don’t make it easy

Never leave your vehicle unattended while idling. Ensure doors are locked and windows are rolled up.

Build a barrier

Use a steering wheel lock (i.e., the Club anti-theft steering wheel lock) to present a barrier to theft and maybe dissuade the attempt.


Be signal silent

Use a key fob signal blocker and don’t leave your fob unattended in your car or near the front door of your home.

Immobilize your car

Use smart keys, starter, ignition and fuel disablers, and wireless ignition authentication.

Track it

Install a vehicle anti-theft recovery system like Tag3 to help deter, prevent vehicle theft, and recover your vehicle should it be stolen. Tag uses secure anti-jamming technology that can’t be easily intercepted by thieves.

Prevent car theft with Tag

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Help protect your vehicle from theft

Track, recover and protect your car with an anti-theft recovery system like Tag.

Vehicle theft and loss prevention FAQ

Find answers to commonly asked questions about vehicle theft and loss prevention.

  • Which vehicle anti-theft recovery system does Aviva currently recommend?

  • Does having an anti-theft recovery system help me save on my car insurance?

  • How do I get the Tag anti-theft recovery system installed in my car?

  • How does the Tag anti-theft recovery system work?

  • What should I do if my car is stolen?

  • Are certain vehicles more susceptible to theft than others?

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1 Équité: 2022 Vehicle Theft Trend Report

2 Canadian Finance and Leasing Association

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The content in this article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as specific professional or expert advice. Aviva Canada accepts no responsibility for action taken as a result of reliance on any information contained on this page. Tag is a product of Otodata Wireless Network Inc., an Aviva Canada Inc. contracted third-party product and service provider.