Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles in Canada in 2012
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) released its annual list of the top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada. This year there is a new, but returning, hot target for thieves – the 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2DR. In fact Civics take up the top two places in this year’s list. Civics have always been high on the list. It’s a popular vehicle for young people and many of them are stolen and chopped for parts.
The Civic replaces the 2009 Toyota Venza 4-door, which was last year’s number one most frequently stolen vehicle nationally, but is the second most stolen vehicle in Quebec. But more than the change of the top target, investigators are seeing new trends and have more warnings for unsuspecting victims.
The top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada are:
- 2000 HONDA CIVIC SiR 2DR
- 1999 HONDA CIVIC SiR 2DR
- 2006 CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER SS 4DR 4WD
- 2007 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
- 2005 CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR AWD
- 2006 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
- 2002 CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD
- 2005 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
- 2004 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
- 1999 ACURA INTEGRA 2DR
According to IBC, the number of stolen vehicles showing up at the ports is down. The bad news? Stolen vehicles are being re-sold locally, and IBC is urging consumers to use caution when buying used vehicles or parts, especially those on the high end of the market.
IBC also notes that the number of stolen vehicles in Canada is declining, but recovery rates are also declining, which points to the involvement of organized crime.
Whatever type of car you drive, you can do your part to keep it safe. Here are some precautions you can take to avoid becoming a victim of auto crime.
- Never leave your vehicle running unattended.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- Always roll up your car windows, lock the doors, pocket and protect your keys.
- Never leave valuables or packages in full view. Put them in the trunk.
- Park your car in the garage at night.
No matter how careful we are, we can still fall victim to thieves. Practising some of these tips may also help you save on your auto insurance premiums.
For more information on auto theft visit ibc.ca.