One of Équité’s objectives is the disruption of organized crime groups involved in auto theft and fraud. The timely recovery of stolen vehicles ensures members can subrogate a loss quickly. We collaborate with member companies and law enforcement to investigate vehicle theft, including identifying and recovering stolen vehicles. We also provide the following support:
At the request of our member companies or law enforcement, our investigators (who are subject matter experts) examine suspected stolen vehicles to determine their true identity. Équité investigators are available to assist law enforcement identify crime vehicles captured on photo or video surveillance.
Our investigators also create reports on each make and model produced in various regions in Canada. These reports are used by partners who produce materials available to law enforcement.
Équité focuses on stopping stolen vehicles from being shipped out of Canada. Our investigators work with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and law enforcement at ports across Canada. Intelligence driven examinations by CBSA are augmented by vehicle examinations, VIN verification and insurance data by our investigators, leading to seizures of stolen or fraudulently financed vehicles that are destined for export.
Équité maintains Canada’s only cargo theft database with information on stolen trucks, trailers, cargo and heavy equipment. The cargo theft database, with 24 hours secure online access, provides intelligence to law enforcement, the insurance industry and the trucking industry. This information is invaluable to law enforcement who work to identify and recover large quantities of stolen property before we work to return the recovered property to our members and rightful owners.
When exported stolen vehicles are identified overseas, we offer assistance to our members in making an organized return of the vehicles. Once the member authorizes the return of their vehicle(s), we collaborate with our partners (domestic and international) to bring these vehicles back to Canada.
The vehicle branding service streamlines provincial registration transfer procedures for Équité members, who are required by law to transfer vehicle registration into their name after any total-loss claims settlement.
We assist members to underwrite and insure vehicles correctly by researching vehicle histories on their behalf through Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), the Quebec ministry responsible for vehicle registration.