Operation at the Port of Montreal | More than 50 stolen vehicles seized by the SQ

More than 50 stolen vehicles were seized Tuesday during a vast operation by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) at the Port of Montreal. In total, nearly thirty containers were searched by the police force, which has just set up a new squad.

“This operation aimed at the seizure and recovery of vehicles. During the operation, a total of 26 containers were searched and 53 vehicles seized,” indicated the Office of the Investigative Partnership (BPE) of the SQ, in a press release published Tuesday at the end of the day.

Many organizations assisted the Sûreté du Québec, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and other Quebec municipal services. The Montreal City Police Service (SPVM) also collaborated, as did the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Montreal Port Authority (MPA).

All this comes less than a week after the holding of a National Summit on Vehicle Theft in Ottawa, during which the Trudeau government unveiled on Thursday the first outlines of its plan to fight the epidemic of automobile theft in the country.

Among the measures envisaged, Ottawa had mentioned increased collaboration between police and customs officers at the port of Montreal, but also harsher prison sentences for thieves and a ban on the sale of hacking devices.

Approximately 90,000 cars are stolen each year in Canada, resulting in costs of approximately $1 billion for policyholders and Canadian taxpayers. The port of Montreal has also become a hub for the export of stolen vehicles. The majority of these vehicles go to Africa and the Middle East. Several stratagems are used to thwart the police authorities.

In Montreal, stolen vehicles end up at the port because criminal networks have registered companies that serve as fronts to simulate shipments of goods.

A new squad

The Sûreté du Québec, which also affirms that “close collaboration between these leading partners” is essential, unveiled last week a new team dedicated to vehicle theft. The cell in question includes 30 resources from the SQ, but also from other Quebec police forces and the RCMP.

Law enforcement reiterates to citizens that they can help prevent vehicle theft by locking their doors, not leaving keys easily accessible and parking the car in a well-lit area and, above all, monitored.

“Other means exist to prevent vehicle theft or help locate a stolen vehicle, varying depending on budget, such as installing an anti-theft security bar on the steering wheel, having vehicle parts marked or having a system installed tracking to trace a stolen vehicle. On this subject, citizens can obtain information from their insurance company,” the SQ also reminded.

Furthermore, any event deemed suspicious can be communicated confidentially to the Criminal Information Center of the Sûreté du Québec, by calling 1-800-659-4264.

reference: www.lapresse.ca

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