The Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles in CanadaApril 9, 2014
Is your car more likely to be stolen than everyone else in your neighbourhood? What do thieves look for in a car? Each year, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) releases a list of the ten most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada, and also offers insight into the minds and practices of professional car thieves in Canada.
Stealing Cars: The Changing Landscape
Rather than exporting and selling stolen cars whole, thieves have discovered there is less risk of being caught if the cars are taken apart. The stolen goods are then either sold in parts, or exported and reassembled in other countries, to evade the authorities. The changing landscape in the way cars are moved once stolen, is likely in response to the Canada Border Services Agency’s success in catching car thieves at the border (a total of $8 million worth of stolen cars were seized in 2013 alone).
Top Ten Most Frequently Stolen Cars in Canada
|1||2000||HONDA CIVIC SiR 2DR|
|2||2006||CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER SS 4DR 4WD SUV|
|3||2002||CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD SUV|
|4||2005||CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD SUV|
|5||2006||FORD F350 SD 4WD PU|
|6||2005||CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV 4DR AWD SUV|
|7||2006||ACURA RSX TYPE S 2DR 2D|
|8||2007||FORD F250 SD 4WD PU|
|9||2007||FORD F350 SD 4WD PU|
|10||2003||ACURA RSX TYPE S 2DR 2D|
In all, the Honda Civic tops the “most stolen” list for the second year in a row. The reason why is simple: there are more Honda Civics on Canadian roads than any other car. The Honda Civic has been the best-selling passenger car in Canada for the last sixteen years. This is a prime example of supply and demand. Rick Dubin, Vice-President of Investigative Services at the IBC, states that “Thieves consistently target the Honda Civic to chop for parts. Those parts are easy to resell because there are so many Civics on the road.”
Canada’s a big country, and IBC the also tracks the most stolen vehicles in Alberta, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces separately.
Top Ten Most Frequently Stolen Cars in Ontario
|1||2005||CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD|
|2||2002||CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD|
|3||2003||ACURA RSX TYPE S 2DR|
|4||2000||HONDA CIVIC SiR 2DR|
|5||2003||CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD|
|6||2004||CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD|
|7||2006||HUMMER H2 4DR AWD|
|8||2010||TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 4DR 4WD|
|9||2005||CHEV/GMC TAHOE/YUKON 4DR 4WD|
|10||2002||ACURA RSX TYPE S 2DR|
Ontario’s most stolen vehicles are a mix of trucks, luxury cars and of course the Honda Civic. With Ontario’s densely populated cities, there is slightly less demand for big trucks, compared to Alberta for example. That being said, the luxurious Cadillac Escalade takes the top two spots on Ontario’s most stolen list.
Top Ten Most Frequently Stolen Cars in Alberta
|1||2007||FORD F250 SD 4WD|
|2||2006||FORD F350 SD 4WD|
|3||2007||FORD F350 SD 4WD|
|4||2005||FORD F350 SD 4WD|
|5||2000||HONDA CIVIC SiR 2DR|
|6||2005||FORD F250 SD 4WD|
|7||2004||FORD F350 SD 4WD|
|8||2004||FORD F250 SD 4WD|
|9||2003||FORD F350 SD 4WD|
|10||2006||FORD F250 SD 4WD|
Alberta is a truck and SUV-loving province. In 2012, a whopping 80% of the total vehicles sold were trucks (this includes all SUV’s, cross-over vehicles, and mini-vans).
In the same year that saw the Honda Civic as the top-selling car in Canada, the Ford F-Series trucks were the top selling trucks in Canada and have been mainstays on the best seller’s list for years. With the sheer amount of Ford F-Series trucks on the road, it is no wonder why they take up nine of the top ten spots on Alberta’s most stolen list.
Top Ten Most Frequently Stolen Cars in the Atlantic provinces
|1||2006||FORD F350 SD 4WD|
|2||2004||MAZDA MAZDA6 SPORT 5DR|
|4||2000||FORD F250 SD 4WD|
|5||2004||VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG 4DR AWD|
|6||2001||DODGE RAM 2500 4WD|
|7||2004||CHEV/GMC SILVERADO/SIERRA 2500 4WD|
|8||2006||PONTIAC G6 GT 2DR|
|9||2001||CHEV/GMC SILVERADO/SIERRA 1500 2WD|
|10||2000||KIA SEPHIA 4DR|
While cars are more likely to be disassembled into parts, trucks like the ones stolen in Alberta and the Atlantic provinces are usually kept intact. Rick Dubin states that “Many of these higher-end vehicles are stolen in Atlantic Canada and Quebec and they end up being reVINed and sold in other parts of the country. It’s a lucrative market for big, rugged vehicles.”
Car Theft And Your Auto Insurance
Do you own any of these most-stolen vehicles? Even if you don’t, always make sure to speak with your insurance broker about the implications of car theft on your auto insurance. There could be actions you can take to limit the chances of your car being stolen which could lower your car insurance premiums.
For tips on how to limit the chances of your car being stolen, read the ComparaSave article, How To Prevent Becoming A Victim Of Car Theft