Part 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 seven out of the top 10 are built Ford tough:
- 2007 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2015 Toyota 4Runner 4-door 4WD SUV
- 2003 Cadillac Escalade 4-door 4WD SUV
- 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2010 Acura ZDX 4-door AWD SUV
“For the second consecutive year, auto theft across Canada has ticked higher,” said Garry Robertson, National Director, Investigative Services, IBC. “After large declines in auto theft activity over the last decade, the number of stolen vehicles has gone up 6% from last year, to 78,849 across Canada. The biggest increases were in Alberta where stolen vehicle numbers are up 32% and Prince Edward Island where they are up 19%.”
“We see from this list that criminals continue to favour all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, older, high-end vehicles,” Robertson added.
Deter auto thieves from stealing your car
Robertson believes in being vigilant about deterring car thieves. “A vehicle left running unattended is not only easy to steal, it has increased value as a stolen vehicle because it comes with the keys,” he said. “If you have gone to the trouble of buying a car that has a theft deterrent system that makes stealing it tougher, don’t make it easy for thieves by leaving the keys in the car.”
The IBC has previously estimated that it takes less than a minute for a thief to steal your ride, even without the keys, and 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 9 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.