Top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in canada in 2011
Auto theft is a reality no matter where you live in Canada, and no matter what kind of car you drive. The cars that made it to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) 2011 top 10 most stolen cars in Canada are of all makes, models and years.
- 2009 Toyota Venza 4-door
- 1999 Honda Civic SiR 2-door
- 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door
- 2006 Ford F350 Pickup Truck 4WD
- 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT 4-door AWD
- 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS 4-door 4WD
- 2007 Ford F350 Pickup Truck 4WD
- 2001 Pontiac Aztek 4-door AWD
- 1998 Acura Integra 2-door
- 1999 Acura Integra 2-door
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.
- One of the most important investments you can make is to purchase and install an anti-theft device such as a passive electronic immobilizer. According to IBC, 8 out of 10 vehicles stolen do not have an immobilizer.
- Keep your windows closed and your doors locked, even when parked in your driveway or garage.
- Take your possessions with you. If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, make sure they’re locked in the trunk. Some vehicles’ trunks lock from the inside with a key so that even if your vehicle is broken into, the latch can’t be popped.
- If you have a hatchback or SUV, ensure any items are completely concealed.
- Avoid parking behind fences or hedges. Choose high-traffic, well-lit or regularly patrolled parking areas.
- After opening an automatic gate to underground parking, watch out for thieves waiting to slip inside. Wait for the gate to close behind you.
- Engrave your stereo and other on-board valuables with your driver's licence number.
- If you see any suspicious person or activity near a vehicle, call the police immediately.
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.