Bill S-9 targets auto theft

Finally, some strong measures are happening in regards to auto theft. The insurance companies have increased rates due to the increased volume of organized crime auto theft.

The average person is paying more for their theft insurance and it has to stop.

Bill S-9 has received Royal Assent in November 2010 and we will now see auto theft as a distinct crime, not just lumped into theft under or over $5,000.

The highlights of the new Bill include the following:

  • It creates a separate offence for motor vehicle theft, punishable by imprisonment for a maximum of 10 years and, in the case of a third or subsequent offence, for a minimum of six months (clause 3 of the bill).
  • It creates the offence of tampering with a vehicle identification number (VIN), which is punishable by imprisonment for a maximum of five years (clause 4 of the bill).
  • It creates the offences of trafficking in property obtained by crime and possession of property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking, punishable by imprisonment for a maximum of 14 years (clause 6 of the bill).
  • It allows the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to prevent the crossborder movement of property obtained by crime, including stolen vehicles (clause 6 of the bill).


For the full text of the bill click here

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