IBC names the Top 10 Most Stolen Cars for 2014

Toronto, ON (Dec. 3, 2014) – Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks are big, rugged – and loved by thieves across the country. This year’s Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles list, published annually by Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), shows a growing interest by organized criminals in Ford (“F”) series trucks.

“The trend of stolen F-series trucks was also seen in Alberta where there was a 50% increase,” explained Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigative Services, IBC. “What’s more, for the first time in years, 3 stolen F-series trucks, intended for export, were seized at the ports of Montreal and Halifax.”

Given these trends, Dubin believes that the majority of stolen F-series vehicles were most likely re-vinned – given a false vehicle identification number (VIN) – and sold to unsuspecting consumers.

Top 10 List (Canada-wide)

The top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles this year in Canada are:

  • 1. 2007 Ford F-350 SD 4WD PU
  • 2. 2006 Ford F-350 SD 4WD PU
  • 3. 2007 Ford F-250 SD 4WD PU
  • 4. 2003 Cadillac Escalade 4DR 4WD SUV
  • 5. 2005 Ford F-350 SD 4WD PU
  • 6. 1999 Honda Civic 2DR Coupe 2D
  • 7. 2004 Ford F-350 SD 4WD PU
  • 8. 2006 Ford F-250 SD 4WD PU
  • 9. 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2DR 2D
  • 10. 2003 Ford F-350 SD 4WD PU

To view the Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles in Ontario, Atlantic Canada and Alberta, scroll down or click here.

Exporting stolen vehicles

In addition to the increase in F-series trucks on this year’s list, high-end vehicles, including those made by Lexus, Audi, BMW and Mercedes, were a target for organized criminals who then likely shipped the vehicles to West Africa.

Auto theft declines

While the incidence of auto theft in Canada has decreased, it is still big business. In 2013, for example, 72,804 vehicles were stolen, an 8% drop from the previous year. However, organized criminals are concentrating on acquiring more high-end vehicles.

While most provinces showed a decline in auto theft, Newfoundland and Labrador had a 2% increase, Alberta an 11% increase and Yukon a 29% increase. Recovery rates for stolen vehicles continue to be low.

Buyer beware

IBC reminds buyers to beware. Given the amount of stolen vehicles and parts that are sold online, if the deal seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.

If you are considering purchasing a used vehicle, be sure to purchase it from a reputable dealer, have the vehicle inspected by a trusted mechanic and run a vehicle history check.

To be certain that stolen parts purchased online are not used in your vehicle; take your car to a reputable repair shop. Your insurance representative can give you recommendations.

“Taking these simple steps can help ensure your safety and may save you a headache down the road,” added Dubin.

Remain vigilant

“Don’t make it easy for thieves. Approximately 20% of all stolen vehicles have keys in them,” said Dubin. “Don’t leave your car running unattended while letting it warm up or when you to go into the coffee shop.”

A professional thief can steal your car in about 30 seconds, but you can help deter theft by taking these precautions:

  • Never leave your vehicle running unattended.
  • Park in a well-lit area.
  • Always close your car windows, lock the doors, and pocket and protect your keys.
  • Put your valuables and packages in the trunk, where they’re out of sight.
  • Keep your car in the garage at night.

Report the crime

To report an insurance crime, call IBC’s 1-877-IBC-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Most Stolen Vehicles by Region

The most stolen vehicles by region for 2014 are:

  Ontario Alberta Atlantic
1. 2003 Acura RSX Type S 2DR 2D 2007 Ford F250 SD 4WD PU 1999 Jeep Cherokee 4DR 4WD SUV
2. 2009 BMW X6 4DR AWD SUV 2007 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU 2006 Acura MDX 4DR 4WD SUV
3. 2002 Acura RSX Type S2DR 2D 2006 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU 1999 Toyota 4Runner 4DR 4WD SUV
4. 2013 Toyota Highlander 4DR 4WD SUV 2005 Ford F250 SD 4WD PU 2006 Dodge Charger V8 4DR 4D
5. 2013 Toyota 4Runner 4DR 4WD SUV 2000 Ford F250 SD 2WD PU 2001 Mazda Tribute 4DR AWD SUB
6. 1997 Plymouth Breeze 4DR 4D 2006 Ford F250 SD 4WD PU 2005 Chevrolet/GMC Suburban/Yukon XL1500 4DR SUV
7. 2008 Acura TL Type S 4DR 4D 1998 Plymouth Neon 2DR 2D 2003 Cadillac Deville 4DR 4D
8. 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4DR 4WD SUV 2005 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU 2005 Nissan Titan 4DR 4D
9. 2012 Toyota Highlander 4DR 4WD SUV 1997 Dodge Stratus 4DR 4D 2009 Acura TL4DR 4D
10. 2010 Highlander 4DR 4WD SUV 2004 Ford F250 SD 4WD PU 2006 Subaru Legacy Wagon AWD WGN

Visit IBC’s website for more information on auto theft.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is pleased to celebrate 50 years as a valuable resource for insurance information. Since 1964, IBC has been working with governments across Canada to make our communities safer, championing issues that directly affect Canadians and the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. IBC is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the P&C insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes and levies to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $46 billion.

To view media releases and information, visit the media section of IBC’s website at www.ibc.ca.

SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada

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