Toronto, Ontario – The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has applauded Prime Minister Harper’s announcement of tough new legislation to combat the problem of organized auto theft.

New measures will target organized crime rings that steal vehicles with the intention of exporting them, selling them to unsuspecting buyers with altered identification numbers, or chopping them up for parts.

“This is an important commitment made by the federal government to recognize that organized auto theft is a growing problem in Canada that threatens the safety and security of our communities,” said Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigations, IBC.

IBC has also urged the passing of Bill C-343, which would make auto theft a separate offense in the Criminal Code, rather than treating it as a simple property crime. “The measures announced yesterday, along with Bill C-343, go a long way to combating this very serious crime,” Dubin said. “But we look forward to seeing the federal government go even further. In particular, we would welcome amendments to the Youth Criminal Justice Act that would allow dangerous re-offenders to be held in custody pending trial while receiving rehabilitation, and more of a deterrent built into the system.”

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