We may have got the Slurpee throne again this year, but this is a title we are happy not to get. Winnipeg is no longer the Auto Theft Capital of Canada.
According to Statistics Canada, Brantford, Ontario now holds the title that Winnipeg has had for several years. They had 686 theft attempts per 100,000 residents in 2009. Winnipeg was in third place with 629.
2009 Theft Attempts Per 100,000 Residents
1. Brantford, Ontario – 686
2. Kelowna, B.C. – 659
3. Winnipeg, Manitoba – 629
The decrease is largely due to MPI’s mandatory immobilizer and Winnipeg Auto Theft Suppression Strategy, a program where police monitor Winnipeg’s worst young auto thieves.