Did you know that a vehicle is stolen every 25 minutes in Quebec? In 2012, some 20,820 vehicles were stolen.
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Most thefts are committed by organized networks. The thief receives an order to steal a specific make or model. Most often,
he'll find the car in question in a parking lot.
It doesn't take long to steal a car. It takes just 30 seconds for an experienced thief to steal your car. If you've
installed a security system, you'll make his job harder. You'll also contribute to reducing the risk of theft.
Dismantling for parts
Your car is taken to a chop shop where it is partially or completely stripped for parts.
The parts are then sold on the recycled-parts black market in Quebec or elsewhere.
Making over or cloning to give a new identity
The three makeover stages for stolen car:
- The organized crime network obtains a severely damaged car.
- At the same time, it steals a car that is similar to the damaged car.
- The VIN is transferred from the damaged car to the stolen car.
Cloning is not quite the same as making over. But it's also meant to give a stolen vehicle a legal identity.
- The organized crime network takes the VIN from a parked car.
- At the same time, it steals an identical car.
- The VIN taken from the parked car is then transferred to the stolen car.
- The cloned car is then registered in another province or U.S. state.
Quebec is a strategic hub for exporting stolen vehicles, notably because of its portuary activities. Its proximity
to the U.S. border and major waterways makes easy work for thieves.
Late model luxury and SUVs are at risk for this type of theft. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada's
Investigative Services, these cars are exported to:
- Eastern Europe
- The Middle East
- South America
- The Caribbean
- South-East Asia