Auto theft in the GTA rises by 30%

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An automotive security specialist believes wireless key fobs may have a role to play in many recent car thefts, with thieves intercepting and rerouting their signals even from inside homes to open and steal cars.

Auto thefts have gotten so bad that a local Toronto car dealership selling new Lexus vehicles asked his company to install tracking systems on all high-end SUVs because so many of their vehicles are being stolen.

In Toronto, they’re up 30 per cent compared to this time last year. The Toronto Police Service couldn’t provide a representative to speak about the rise but told CBC Toronto they’ll be holding a news conference on high-end vehicle thefts this week.

In Durham, auto thefts are up 16 per cent this year, and in Halton, they’ve seen 517 cases so far this year, compared to 490 in total last year.

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As technology in cars get more sophisticated, car thieves are keeping up and seem to be getting the better of security systems, at least for now. -CINEWS

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