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Ottawa adds $15 million to the fight against vehicle theft

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Car thefts have experienced a meteoric rise in recent years and several stolen vehicles pass through the port of Montreal.

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The federal government is allocating an additional $15 million to combat car theft, which has seen rapid growth in the country in recent years.

This financial assistance is in addition to the $28 million announced by the Minister of Public Safety Dominic LeBlanc at the beginning of February to detect and find stolen vehicles with new technological tools and to provide greater support to agents who carry out container inspections at ports.

Of this new amount, $9.1 million will be provided to provincial, territorial and municipal police forces so that they can handle more vehicles held by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

In addition, 3.5 million of the envelope will be devoted to the joint project with Interpol on transnational crime linked to stolen vehicles. This will allow Canada to improve information sharing and investigative tactics to identify and recover stolen vehicles and parts around the world, according to Minister LeBlanc.

Finally, $2.4 million will be allocated to the Ministry of Public Security to coordinate the efforts of various partners, governments, police circles, automobile manufacturers and insurance companies.

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Car thefts have more than doubled in the last three years in Montreal, according to Mayor Valérie Plante. (Archive photo)

During the announcement made in Montreal, both Minister LeBlanc and the mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, insisted on the importance of the work of police officers in the success of the fight against car theft.

Ms. Plante highlighted the dismantling of a vehicle theft exploitation network by the Montreal City Police Service (SPVM) on the same day of the announcement, highlighting the importance of the problem and the work of the police.

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The director of the SPVM, Fady Dagher, commented on this dismantling, emphasizing that nine people aged between 27 and 64 years old and from the Montreal and Lanaudière regions were arrested. He adds that 21 vehicles were recovered out of a total of 55 covered by the investigation.

Questioned as to whether a police force dedicated to car thefts will be established in the port of Montreal, the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Mike Duheme, maintains that this deserves reflection, but that the best solution is to & #x27;use what already exists.

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