Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vehicle Rental-Security

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vehicle Rental-Security

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Rental agencies struggle with security checks

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The deadly rental van rampage in Toronto shows how quickly a vehicle can be turned into a weapon, but rental agencies are finding few clear options to prevent their property from involvement in such violent acts.

But the urgency to find solutions is increasing.

The attack in Toronto is only the latest of a spate of vehicle attacks -- including one in Edmonton last September -- that have security experts grappling with solutions.

Efforts are further along in Europe, which has seen a rash of vehicle attacks across the continent.

In the U-K, vehicle rental companies were asked to conduct tougher background checks following two separate van attacks in London last June.

Toby Poston, director of communications at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, says rental agencies are still limited in how well they can screen customers. …

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