Having your car stolen is a pretty big ordeal regardless of its size or value, but the fact remains that some models continue to attract thieves more than others, namely Ford trucks and expensive SUVs.
Just look at the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) 2017 list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles:
- 1. 2015 Lexus GX460 4-Door AWD
- 2. 2007 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD
- 3. 2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD
- 4. 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD
- 5. 2001 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD
- 6. 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD
- 7. 2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD
- 8. 2016 Toyota 4Runner 4-Door 4WD
- 9. 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD
- 10 . 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD
"We see from this list that criminals continue to favour all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, older, high-end vehicles."
- Dan Service, Acting National Director, Investigative Services, IBC
At 536 cases per 100,000 people, Alberta once again reported the highest rate of auto theft in Canada. Prince Edward Island reported the lowest rate with just 60 cases per 100,000 people.
When it comes to cities, Statistics Canada tells us there were declines in motor vehicle theft in most major cities across the country. The largest decreases were in Gatineau, Trois-Rivières, and Sudbury. However, auto theft was up 49% in Guelph, Ontario and up by 17% in Regina and 16% in Saskatoon.
Tips to protect your vehicle from thieves
Did you know that it takes less than a minute for a car thief to steal your vehicle? IBC offers precious advice for owners who want to keep theirs safe, for example:
- - Never leave your vehicle running when unattended;
- Park in well-lit areas;
- When parking your car, always close the windows and lock the doors;
- Put valuables and packages in the trunk, where they are out of sight;
- Keep your car in the garage at night;
- Don't leave personal information in the glove box. Take your insurance and ownership documents with you when you park your vehicle.
If you do get your vehicle stolen, make sure to report the crime to local police. For more information about auto theft, visit www.ibc.ca.