Mike Sullivan hosted a town hall this week to discuss the auto insurance rates in Weston. While no politician has lost votes castigating insurers or banks, it may be that we actually cannot blame their greed for the usurious rates we pay. Instead, we should blame the greed of thieves.
It turns out that cars are stolen very frequently in our police division. So far this year, 88 automobiles have gone missing—63% more than were stolen at this time last year. By contrast, Toronto as a whole is seeing slightly fewer cars are being stolen.
Indeed, in 12 Division, auto thefts are up dramatically more than other kinds of crime. Murders and sexual assaults are down substantially in our division (which includes a much larger area than just Weston). Common assaults, robberies, and break and enters are up about 13%—but the total numbers are small, so small absolute changes make large percentage ones.
Your correspondent has seen one person using a wildlife camera to watch his car. Perhaps more porch lights and eyes on the street would help bring our insurance down.