Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in Canada

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Each year, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) releases its list of Canada’s 10 most frequently stolen vehicles. This list is important to consumers for several reasons:

The owners of these makes and models should be more diligent about protecting their vehicles from theft.

Consumers in the market for a vehicle should be cautious when buying these makes and models from an unfamiliar source.

Insuring a car with a higher-than-average likelihood of being stolen can negatively affect its insurance premiums.

According to the latest statistics available, the number of stolen vehicles is declining. IBC reports that thefts were down 15% in 2010 as compared to 2009. Unfortunately, recovery rates for stolen vehicles are declining as well. So while your car might be less likely to be stolen than it would have been a few years ago, if it is stolen, you are less likely to get it back.

Following is IBC’s list of the Most Stolen Vehicles nationwide in 2011:

  1. 2009 Toyota Venza 4-door

  2. 1999 Honda Civic SiR 2-door

  3. 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door

  4. 2006 Ford F350 Pickup Truck 4WD

  5. 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT 4-door AWD

  6. 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS 4-door 4WD

  7. 2007 Ford F350 Pickup Truck 4WD

  8. 2001 Pontiac Aztek 4-door AWD

  9. 1998 Acura Integra 2-door 

  10. 1999 Acura Integra 2-door

While this is the first year Toyota has appeared on the Most Stolen list, the 1999 and 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door models have been among the top three Most Stolen vehicles for the past seven years running. Cadillac Escalades have made the top five list for the past three years, and the Acura Integra has made the top 10 for the past two years.

How to Protect Your Vehicle from Theft

Whether your vehicle’s make and model appear on the Most Stolen list or not, you should always be prepared for the possibility of theft. Stay alert to your surroundings and put common-sense safety measures into effect. Here are some additional tips for averting theft:

  • Purchase a vehicle equip with an anti-theft device or have one installed into your existing car, truck or SUV. Many insurance companies offer premium discounts for vehicles equipped with immobilizer systems.

  • When parking in public places, choose well-lit, supervised parking lots or garages.

  • If parking on a street, turn your wheels toward the curb so that your vehicle cannot be easily towed.

  • No matter where you park (even in your own driveway or garage), keep your car doors locked and your windows closed. Keep your garage locked as well.

  • Take your keys and don’t hide an extra set in your car.

  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. When you need to carry valuables, keep them locked in the trunk or, at the very least, tucked out of sight.

  • Never leave your title or registration in your vehicle.

  • Don’t leave your car unattended when it’s running, even if you are just warming it up in your driveway or making a quick stop.

  • Call the police if you see suspicious activity around a parked vehicle.