Ottawa to Explore Stricter Penalties and Limit Access to Tools Used by Criminals

The Liberal government is looking to put a dent in automobile theft by finding ways to ban devices commonly used to steal vehicles and eyeing tougher criminal penalties for perpetrators.

The proposals were among the more concrete ideas that emerged Thursday from a daylong summit aimed at confronting the national scourge of auto theft.

The governments, municipalities, law enforcement agencies and private-sector partners that took part agreed fighting the problem is complex – with several potential remedies – and requires a whole-of-society effort.