Vehicle loss

Steer clear of auto theft

Auto theft trends continued in 2023, led by Ontario and Quebec¹

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 facts you should know

On average, a vehicle is stolen every 5 minutes in Canada¹

An experienced car thief can steal a car in minutes²

Car thefts cost Canadians billions of dollars every year¹

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 become more sophisticated and tech-savvy, such as changing vehicle identification numbers (VIN) as a cover-up and taking advantage of smart keys as an easy way to create keys electronically. 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.

Aviva auto theft recommendations

As Canada creates a new National Action Plan on Auto Theft, Aviva Canada was pleased to participate in government, industry and stakeholder consultations and to submit a list of recommendations designed to better protect Canadians against auto theft. They include:

  • Update the anti-theft requirements in Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations, which haven’t changed since 2007.
  • Ensure that anti-theft technologies in Canadian vehicles are never more than three years old by keeping them regularly updated.
  • Require auto manufacturers to update security systems on vehicles built between 2018 and 2022.
  • Ban the sale of technology and devices used to commit auto thefts.
  • Continue to help consumers better understand how to protect themselves from auto theft.
  • Create a National Auto Theft Tip Line.
  • Share more information about Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) to better identify stolen vehicles with fraudulent VINs.
  • Invest in Canada Border Services Agency to enhance agents’ ability to prevent the export of stolen vehicles.
  • Align Canada’s vehicle export requirement of being presented 72 hours before export with the current U.S. standard.
  • Require customs service providers to have a registered business number and create declaration requirements for the export of vehicles.
  • Increase deterrence through amendments to the Criminal Code, Customs Act and other legislation.
  • All provinces should have dedicated auto theft teams with prosecution supports, similar to Ontario.
  • Empower Canadian diplomats abroad to raise the problem of auto theft during discussions with foreign governments.
  • Establish a National Auto Theft Office to coordinate policy, implement the Action Plan and gather ongoing intelligence.

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: 2023 Auto Theft Trend Report

2 Canadian Finance and Leasing Association

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