In a recent report, the Insurance Bureau of Canada listed the 10 most commonly stolen vehicles in Canada. The report further detailed some information regarding the trends seen in organized auto theft for specific regions across Canada. Car theft costs the people of Canada close to $1 billion year and when a certain make or model of car is frequently stolen, it increases the insurance premiums of people driving those cars.
The high cost of stolen cars includes $542 million in insurance costs, $250 million in police, court-system and health care costs. There is also a significant cost attached to correctional services. While the amount of stolen vehicles has dropped significantly in since 2011, it is still a big and costly business.
Top 10 Frequently Stolen Vehicles in Canada
SUVs and other 4×4 or all-wheel-drive vehicles are always in great demand. Organized crime rings ship these vehicles to West Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. These are the specific cars that are most popularly stolen vehicles in Canada:
1. 2007 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
2. 2006 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
3. 2007 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU
4. 2003 CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD SUV
5. 2005 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
6. 1999 HONDA CIVIC 2DR COUPE
7. 2004 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
8. 2006 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU
9. 2000 HONDA CIVIC SiR 2DR
10. 2003 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
While these are the most commonly stolen vehicles in all of Canada, the list does differ by region, and in Ontario, Cadillac Escalades were on the top most wanted list in 2013. Last year, Toyotas and Acuras shifted to the top. Highlanders took up three of the four spots dominated by Toyota on Ontario’s list, which consisted of:
1. 2003 ACURA RSX TYPE S 2DR 2D
2. 2009 BMW X6 4DR AWD SUV
3. 2002 ACURA RSX TYPE S2DR 2D
4. 2013 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 4DR 4WD SUV
5. 2013 TOYOTA 4RUNNER 4DR 4WD SUV
6. 1997 PLYMOUTH BREEZE 4DR 4D
7. 2008 ACURA TL TYPE S 4DR 4D
8. 2006 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT 4DR 4WD SUV
9. 2012 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 4DR 4WD SUV
10. 2010 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 4DR 4WD SUV
Why Do Criminals Target Vehicles?
Apart from providing stock to crime rings to sell abroad, there are some other reasons why thieves target certain vehicles:
➔ to sell it for the sole purpose of getting their hands on quick cash.
➔ to dismantle it and sell it for parts.
➔ for joyriding purposes, or to get somewhere. Fun as it sounds, this is still a crime.
➔ to use in committing another crime. These cars are often left abandoned and severely damaged within 48 hours of being stolen.
Here’s how you can help prevent auto theft:
❏ Opt for a manual transmission when you buy a car – fewer drivers know how to operate a stick these days, so if the thief can’t drive a stick, he can’t take your car.
❏ Roll up the windows and lock the doors.
❏ Don’t leave keys in the ignition.
❏ Put valuables in the trunk or cubby-hole.
❏ Install a highly-visible deterrent and use an alarm sticker.
❏ Park your car in the garage instead of on the street or driveway.
❏ Never program your home or work address into your GPS.
❏ Don’t leave car keys in plain sight in the office or on the kitchen table.
❏ When in a public parking spot, choose a well-lit area far from the exit.
❏ Use your emergency park or handbrake to minimize the risk of your vehicle being towed away.
❏ Activate the engine immobilizer.