Halifax becoming a haven for stolen vehicles

Published: May 30, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



The Municipality of Halifax in Nova Scotia is becoming a hot sport for stolen vehicles. Authorities say the region is now a major departure point for vehicles that have been stolen throughout Canada. The city’s port serves as a gateway for the vehicles to be shipped overseas and resold.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) says it has uncovered 19 stolen vehicles in April alone, and many more are thought to have slipped through. CBSA adds that the total value of the recovered vehicles is about $650,000, highlighting that new, high-end and sports cars are a top target for thieves.

The vehicles recovered were between one and five years old, said CBSA regional director general Calvin Christiansen. While the network for vehicles passing through Halifax and Nova Scotia is thought to be Canada wide, the 19 recovered vehicles were mostly from the Montreal and Toronto areas.

“There’s very few that we’ve encountered that have come from Atlantic Canada,” Christiansen told The Chronicle Reporter on Monday.

“We end up finding them here, inside a container,” he added. “Sometimes they’ve got evidence of being broken into, sometimes they don’t.”

The investigation has now been handed to the Halifax Regional Police, potentially they will eventually be returned to their owners.

CBSA officials add that between the start of 2017 and April 30, 39 stolen vehicles were found, with a total value of $1.5 million.