The CBC Finally Wakes Up To The Car Theft Epidemic

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You know car theft is really out of control when the CBC and other big media outlets which have been downplaying or straight up ignoring the problem are finally shining a light on just how bad it is. But it’s also hilarious how a recent CBC video report on vehicle thefts in suburban areas acts like it’s this mysterious problem.

Stolen Kia chase is fiery but mostly peaceful.

We guess after you ignore an issue for a while, you have to act shocked that it exists, they try to act like it’s only recently gotten out of hand. The thing is car theft has been a serious issue in North America since at least 2019.

At first many media outlets tried ascribing all the theft to covid, the lockdowns, or something else related to the coronavirus. But even after the pandemic ended the thefts continued. Actually, they’ve increased.

And people are noticing. Many have had their car stolen or know someone who has. People are sharing information through social media and some media outlets have highlighted the issue.

So with the public realizing all these anti-police policies and letting thieves go almost immediately after they get arrested maybe is helping to fuel the problem, the CBC has decided to get on board. We don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but it’s happening.

They explain about key fob signal amplification and reprogramming vehicle ignitions like these are new methods the CBC just recently uncovered. They also delve into the values of GPS trackers in vehicles. It’s great this report will help inform more people, but why hasn’t there been more of an effort until now?

Vehicle thefts in “sleepy” suburban areas of big cities like Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee, etc. have been going on for some time. Theft rings have realized these areas are soft targets since many car owners don’t secure their rides all that well. And quite a few of the vehicles in these areas are rather nice.

They’ve also been hitting dealerships and repair shops in these areas.

What really makes the car theft problem bad is it’s helping to finance other crimes like drug and human smuggling. It’s almost like if you let one set of crimes slide, it encourages even more criminal activity. Who would’ve imagined that!

We think this CBC report really does show the tide of public opinion about treating thieves with kid gloves in the justice system is turning, and it’s about time.

Image via CBC News/YouTube

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Steven Symes

Steven Symes is an accomplished automotive journalist with a passion for all things related to cars. His extensive knowledge and love for the automotive world shine through in his writing, which covers a diverse range of topics.

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