Manitoba Public Insurance highlights car theft problem

Published: October 12, 2015

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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While Ontario operates a private auto insurance market, some provinces such as Manitoba run a public sector system that gives consumers a policy run by the government which in many cases results in a more affordable premium. As these are government bodies, they are obligated to offer more detailed analysis of their local insurance industry, giving a clearer view of the state of auto insurance.

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has issued a new report that shows how many vehicles were stolen in the province this spring, and the nature of those thefts. The Crown Corporation revealed said that 75 per cent of the 400 confirmed cases of theft were accomplished by the criminals by using a key, and 11 per cent increase year on year.

“Thanks to a number of highly successful anti-theft initiatives, Winnipeg has long lost the tag as the auto theft capital of Canada,” said Gord Mackintosh, Attorney General & minister responsible for Manitoba Public Insurance.

“Over the last decade, auto thefts in the City of Winnipeg have declined by nearly 85 per cent. However, there’s still work to be done if we want to achieve further reductions in the auto theft numbers.”

The Crown Corporation released the information in a press release, stating that it wants to raise awareness about the danger of not keeping keys safe. To back up the statistics and the press release, the CAA and MPI is now engaging in an awareness campaign, working with Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) to help drivers know that losing their keys can mean more than just being frustrated.

COPP members will visit Manitoba neighborhoods and discuss with owners how to keep their key safe and what to do if they are lost. Essentially the 300 cases or 75 per cent or stolen vehicles that criminals used keys for means that those criminals had access to the actual key of the vehicle.

“Stolen vehicles are typically driven dangerously, potentially endangering the lives of innocent motorist, pedestrians and cyclists,” said Ward Keith, vice president, business development & communications and chief product officer, MPI, in the release.

Gord Macintosh, the provincial Attorney General & minister responsible for MPI, added that “thanks to a number of highly successful anti-theft initiatives, Winnipeg has long lost the tag as the auto theft capital of Canada. Over the last decade, auto thefts in Winnipeg have declined by nearly 85%, he said. “However, there’s still work to be done if we want to achieve further reductions in the auto theft numbers.”

Before the COPP teams can reach local communities, the MPI is offering these basic tips for safeguarding keys:

  • Don’t keep your keys anywhere inside your vehicle.
  • Be careful with your keys to avoid losing them, or having them stolen.
  • Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended.
  • Always keep your vehicle locked.

SOURCE: MPI