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INSIDE THE VILLAGE: Grand theft auto, Ontario edition

This week's podcast: Vehicle thefts are skyrocketing and Doug Ford is warning the culprits that 'we're coming after you.' An expert explains what's driving the surge — and how you can protect your wheels

Welcome back to Inside the Village, a one-of-a-kind podcast where all news is local — and no topic is off-limits.

On this week's episode: Don't take your eyes off your car.

As The Trillium recently reported, the numbers are downright staggering: more than 50 vehicles stolen every single day in Ontario. According to data released by the Ministry of Transportation, that equals 40,510 cars and trucks swiped by thieves between November 2021 and January 2024.

For governments of all levels, combating the problem has suddenly become a top priority. Premier Doug Ford recently warned car thieves everywhere that “we’re coming after you,” and this week the Trudeau government pledged $15-million to help fight the growing problem across the country.

Joining us to explain the gravity of the crisis — and why it’s gotten so much worse in recent years — is Bryan Gast, a former OPP officer and now vice-president of investigative services at Équité Association.

Spoiler alert: car thieves don't use coat hangers and screwdrivers anymore.

Also on the podcast: A trip down memory lane on "Random Acts of Kindness Day." And in Los Angeles, an Ontario man is arrested for murder after a gruesome discovery.

Hosted by Scott Sexsmith and Michael Friscolanti, the Editor-in-Chief of Village Media, Inside the Village is a news and current affairs podcast that provides a weekly window into some of the best local journalism from across our chain of Ontario newsrooms. Produced by Derek Turner, the program also explores bigger-picture issues that impact people across the province.

Every episode is available HERE. If you prefer the audio version, it is available wherever you find your favourite podcasts.

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