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Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Cars in Canada

December 5, 2017

Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Cars in CanadaPart of what goes into determining your auto insurance rate is the likelihood of your vehicle being stolen. Some vehicles are simply more attractive to thieves. Is your vehicle a target? Chances are it is, if you drive a Ford pickup truck.

Every year the Insurance Bureau of Canada releases their list of Canada’s most stolen vehicles and this year eight out of the top 10 are built Ford tough:

  1. 2015 Lexus GX460 4-door AWD SUV
  2. 2007 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  3. 2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  4. 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  5. 2001 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  6. 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  7. 2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  8. 2016 Toyota 4Runner 4-door 4WD SUV
  9. 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  10. 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Pickup

“Between 2015 and 2016, motor vehicle theft across Canada was down slightly to just over 78,000 cases,” said Dan Service, Acting National Director, Investigative Services, IBC. “After two years of increased reports of auto theft, 2016 saw a 1% decline. The biggest increases were in Yukon where stolen vehicle numbers are up 22%, Nunavut where they are up 18%, and Saskatchewan where they are up 15%.”

“We see from this list that criminals continue to favour all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, older, high-end vehicles,” Service added.

Deter auto thieves from stealing your car

According to the IBC, cars are stolen for a number of reasons: they may be shipped overseas where they’re then sold to unsuspecting consumers who are unaware it’s a stolen vehicle; they’re scrapped for parts; or, they might be used to commit another crime. Whatever the reason, it takes less than a minute for a thief to steal your ride. As a result, the IBC advises drivers to take precautions to deter auto theft and:

  • Never, even for just a minute, leave your car running unattended.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Roll up your car windows, lock the doors, and pocket and protect your keys when parking.
  • Never leave valuables or packages in view. Put them in the trunk.
  • Park your car in the garage at night.
  • Avoid leaving personal information in your glove box like your insurance and ownership documents. Take them with you when you’re not in the car.

This last bit of advice is new in recent years. Thieves can take more than your vehicle and the valuables inside when they steal your car. They could potentially attempt to steal your identity too. Identify fraud cases in Canada are up 16 per cent and identity theft is up 21 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.

If your car has been stolen, notify the police and your insurance company immediately.

This article is updated annually to reflect the the most current information released by the IBC.

  • TU

    There is no chip in the key of that generation truck. Thieves are just realizing this now.

  • Fuddle_Duddle1

    This top 10 list hasn’t significantly changed in 7 years. Transport Canada has required since 2007 that all new vehicles sold in Canada be equipped (factory installed) with immobilizers meeting the Canadian ULC338 standard. None of the vehicles on IBC’s list is newer than 2007. It appears that without keys, drive away vehicle theft has largely been eliminated. That being the case, why haven’t insurance rates gone down? This top ten list is strictly an annual PR exercise by the insurance industry so they can justify keeping insurance rates high.

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  • sinbosn

    If you had taken the time to research the other province stat’s you would have noted in Ontario and east there were many vehicles newer than 2007.

  • Fuddle_Duddle1

    If I cared, I might have.

  • Bora Bora

    Agreed. Insurance companies put the Capitol Hill lobbyists to shame. Just PR and hot air – blah blah blah. I have been driving without a ticket for 15 years and no accidents since 1973. Why the HELL is my insurance going up?

  • Bora Bora

    Because the N. American auto manufacturers have pulled up their socks since the 80′s shoddy work and ensuing scare and now make among the best vehicles in the world – for the money. For value, you can’t beat them. So, it is a compliment to Ford that their vehicles are being targeted. Much like when Toyota disavowed the fact that the Taliban exclusively uses Toyota trucks by saying, “We are flattered our vehicles are popular but this is not the kind of endorsement we are looking for”!

  • Viking

    Tell this to anyone who has a 6.0 L or 6.4 L diesel Ford F-Superduty truck. If a person did not modify the EGR System and religiously change out the coolant, these trucks were not long for this world without very costly engine repairs. I would not buy one of these trucks used, and mine, used, has no resale value. I did do the costly modifications, and even put a coolant filter in it to help with the cleanliness of the coolant. And these are some of the most stolen of vehicles?? Haha, I think not. These models of truck almost knocked Ford off the top of the hill for truck sales. One would think that those self respecting thieves would know this. Once again, I posit that the reason they are named most stolen by insurance companies is 1) rates for these vehicles are already high due to their original cost price, and 2) this way they can keep them high.

  • monkey68

    FRAUD!!! It accounts for a huge amount of your insurance bill…..

  • martinrodgercy@yahoo.com

    because you live in CORRUPT GREEDY FAT canada my friend…..

  • Hasan

    True I totally agree with you

  • Chris Long

    Wow, who would want to steal a 10 year or older Ford pick up? I find this list a little baffling.

  • Kevin

    I couldn’t agree more. My father had a 6.0L F350 and i wish that someone would have stole it and trashed it a week after he bought it. The thing was the biggest POS that I have ever seen in my life. It cost him at least $10,000 in repairs and he hardly drove it. The turbo went, the serpentine, the A/C quit working etc. There honestly should be a Class Action against Ford for these overpriced scrap heeps.

  • BuckDSystem

    The reason they are being stolen, is to strip them down and re-sell the power trains and other components back to other owners who are trying to keep their own trucks on the road affordably. When your mechanic tries to source a used part, it may come from a collision damaged donor truck or from a shop shop. Pretty difficult to tell.
    As for the Toyota SUVs, they are being shipped overseas to places such as Africa and the middle east, and perhaps Eastern Europe.
    There are only two reasons why motor vehicle theft occurs: to move the entire vehicle to a new part of the world, or to provide replacement parts locally.

  • Bruce

    I suspect it has to do with location. Would guess this is near the alberta oil fields.