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The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in Canada in 2021

Dec. 30, 2021
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The Équité Association (Équité) published its 2021 Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in Canada List. This year’s installment is pickup truck-heavy and emphasizes technologically advanced cars with keyless entry remotes.

If you drive a vehicle with a keyless fob, you could end up paying more for car insurance since it is a common target for theft and, therefore riskier, for insurance companies to insure.

Toronto Police are grappling with a growing trend in vehicle theft, resulting from tech-savvy thieves capturing key fob signals. Criminals can steal drivers’ “keys” through the door of a house using wireless transmitters. The transmitters broadcast the key fob’s signal to unlock a vehicle. The criminal then starts the engine (if it has a keyless or push-button ignition system) before cruising away undetected.

Statistics from the Toronto Police show that the number of high-tech vehicle thefts in Toronto has risen since 2016, reaching 5,666 vehicles stolen in 2020.

Auto thieves covet these vehicles the most, according to Équité:

  1. 2018 Ford F-150 Series/F-250 Series/F-350 Series/F-450 Series
  2. 2018 Honda CR-V Series
  3. 2005 Chevrolet/GMC Silverado Series/Sierra 1500 Series/2500 Series/3500 Series
  4. 2019 Dodge/Ram 1500 Series/2500 Series/3500 Series
  5. 2017 Lexus RX350 Series/RX450 Series
  6. 2019 Honda Civic Series
  7. 2019 Toyota Highlander Series
  8. 2017 Chrysler/Dodge Town & Country Series/Grand Caravan Series/Caravan Series/Voyager Series
  9. 2017 Toyota Corolla Series
  10. 2018 Honda Accord Series

In 2020, SUVs and sedans dominated the list; however, the pickup truck resurfaces as a popular target for thieves this year.

The vehicles car thieves target varies regionally

Équité also noticed regional insights, showing which vehicles thieves are more likely to target by province.

The 10 most stolen vehicles in Ontario in 2021

In Ontario, criminals tend to seek these vehicles:

  1. 2018 Lexus RX Series
  2. 2019 Honda CR-V Series
  3. 2019 Honda Civic Series
  4. 2019 Toyota Highlander Series
  5. 2017 Chevrolet/GMC Silverado Series/Sierra 1500 Series/2500 Series/3500 Series
  6. 2017 Ford F-150 Series/F-250 Series/F-350 Series/F-450 Series
  7. Dodge/Ram 1500 Series/2500 Series/3500 Series
  8. 2018 Honda Accord Series
  9. 2017 Toyota Corolla Series
  10. 2016 Land Rover Range Rover

Often, thieves target Lexus and Honda models for export by organized crime groups, while others have been identified in street racing rings.

The 10 most stolen vehicles in Alberta in 2021

In Alberta, auto thieves target these 10 vehicles the most:

  1. 2006 Ford F-150 Series/F-250 Series/F-350 Series/F-450 Series
  2. 2019 Dodge/Ram 1500 Series/2500 Series/3500 Series
  3. 2005 Chevrolet/GMC Silverado Series/Sierra 1500 Series/2500 Series/3500 Series
  4. 2000 Honda Civic Series
  5. 2014 Ford/Lincoln Escape Series/MKC Series/Corsair Series
  6. 2001 Honda CR-V Series
  7. 2017 Chrysler/Dodge Town & Country Series/Grand Caravan Series/Caravan Series/Voyager Series
  8. 2018 Toyota RAV-4 Series
  9. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Series
  10. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Series
  11. 2013 Dodge RAM 1500 4WD

In Alberta, pickup trucks are the most sought after by crooks, with the Ford F-Series and Dodge Ram trucks being the most popular for several years in a row.

“These trucks are attractive to thieves, and oil and gas companies use them almost exclusively, which has brought a disproportionately high amount of them to the province,” the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) told CBC News in 2020.

In addition, models from 2007 and earlier are easier to steal because many do not have theft-deterrent devices installed.

How to protect your vehicle from theft

According to the IBC, a vehicle is stolen every six minutes in Canada, costing Canadians more than $1 billion annually.

Consider these tips to avoid falling victim to auto theft:

  • Don’t leave your keyless entry fob in your vehicle or near the front entrance to your house unprotected. Faraday boxes or bags can block the key fob’s signal from being relayed to thieves.
  • Install an electronic vehicle immobilizer to prevent thieves from hot-wiring your car, truck or SUV.
  • Install a tracking device that emits a signal to police, enabling them to locate your vehicle.
  • Don’t be an easy target for auto theft. Park your vehicle in a well-lit area or garage and ensure all the windows are closed and the doors are locked.
  • Don’t leave personal information in the glove box, such as your insurance pink slip and ownership documents.
  • Have a visible or audible device that tells thieves your vehicle is protected, and never leave your car running when unattended.
  • Get a steering wheel or brake pedal lock.

Protect your vehicle and your wallet

If you are concerned about the cost of your car insurance — whether it’s for your existing vehicle or a prospective one — take a few minutes to compare auto insurance quotes from several insurance providers. It could save you money on your annual premium.

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