The number one stolen vehicle in all of Canada for 2019 was the 2007 Ford F350, revealed The Insurance Bureau of Canada in its annual list of Canada’s Top 10 Stolen Vehicles.
While the Ford 350 pickup truck dominated the list this year and in 2018, IBC’s media relations manager Vanessa Barrasa told Global News, that’s hardly an indication that Ford owners are more likely to suffer theft.
Barrasa said the data is a reflection of “what’s available” for thieves to steal. For example, in Alberta, eight out of the top 10 most stolen vehicles are Ford models because the truck is very common in populous provinces like Alberta, which weighs heavily in the national data.
A lot of the cars on the list predate 2007 because they’re “easier to steal,” said Bryan Gast, national director of investigative services, IBC in an interview.
“2007 is when Canada mandated or legislated that all vehicle manufacturers equip their vehicles with anti-theft” systems.
In Ontario, there is a blend of new and old vehicles, but older model Land Rover Range Rover Sports topped the list. While in Quebec, newer Lexus models are more likely to be stolen.
Across Canada, the oldest vehicle likely to be stolen is the 1999 Honda Civic Hatchback.
As we reported last year, no data was provided for Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Manitoba. Because they use government insurance IBC doesn’t have data on them. The statistics IBC publishes are wholly based on actual insurance claims data collected from IBC's member companies across the country.
The territories would be grouped in the Western results (Alberta) as they are the reporting region for that.
Electronic auto theft is on the rise
The bureau said in its press release it found that “technology is having a major impact on vehicle thefts.”
“Criminals are using sophisticated technology to bypass security systems,” Gast said. “That's where you're starting to see the higher end vehicles creep into the top 10 list.”
“Criminals are looking at ways to capture that signal coming from the key fob,” Gast added. “When you store your key fob, don't leave it right at the front entrance of your residence. You can put it in a protective container so it doesn't transmit or can't be transmitted.”
Regardless of how a vehicle is stolen, auto theft costs Canadians close to $1 billion every year, including $542 million for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles.
There are a number of steps Canadians can take to help protect themselves from becoming a victim of auto theft, but Gast emphasized that all vehicle owners should remain vigilant.
While higher-end vehicles are being shipped for resale overseas for significant amounts of money he said that vehicles are also stolen for the purposes of joyriding and committing other crimes.
“The fact that your vehicle isn't on that list doesn't necessarily mean that you’re “immune to theft,” he said.
To help prevent theft, Gast emphasized the importance of “being aware of your surroundings because “thieves will look at the opportunities to steal whatever vehicle they can.”
Here’s this year’s Top 10 Stolen Vehicles complete list:
- Ford 350SD AWD 2007
- Ford 350SD AWD 2006
- Ford 350SD AWD 2005
- Ford 350SD AWD 2004
- Ford 250SD AWD 2006
- Ford 350SD AWD 2003
- Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD 2018
- Ford F250 SD 4WD 2005
- Ford F350 SD 4AWD 2002
- Honda Civic Si 2DR Coupe 1998