Canadian vehicles are being stolen at alarming rates and ending up in West Africa, particularly Ghana. A CBC investigation found that many stolen vehicles, including those with Canadian license plates, were located in Ghana, some still with their provincial registration and insurance documents. This is part of a larger trend, with thousands of vehicles being stolen in Ontario alone each year. The thefts are often orchestrated by organized criminal gangs based in Montreal, who quickly ship the stolen cars to the Port of Montreal before sending them overseas. The vehicles are then sold in various countries in Africa and the Middle East. Thieves use a variety of methods to steal the cars, including relay attacks, reprogramming the vehicle’s computer, and exploiting weaknesses in the Controller Area Network system. The lack of enforcement and security measures has led to an increase in vehicle thefts and has prompted calls for action to address this national crisis.
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