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The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in Canada in 2022

Nov. 18, 2022
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Équité Association (Équité) recently released the 2022 installment of its Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in Canada list. This year’s list dubs Canada a “source country for the lucrative export trade in stolen vehicles,” and warns that all high-end vehicles are targets, no matter the manufacturer.

A new addition to the list this year is the number of vehicles insured across Canada, the number of thefts for each vehicle model generation, as well as their theft rate.

What hasn’t changed, however, is that keyless fob technology continues to be a serious vulnerability, with thieves hacking key fobs through what’s known as “relay attacks.” 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.

According to the Toronto Police, the most commonly stolen vehicles are those with a push-to-start ignition. The city of Ottawa has also seen a rise in vehicle thefts this year, with more than 1,500 vehicles reported stolen within the first nine months of 2022. 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.

Auto thieves covet these vehicles the most, according to the latest data from Équité, which looks at stolen vehicle data from 2021:

 Ranking Make/model Model generation (years) # of vehicles insured # of thefts Theft rate (%) Type
 1 Honda CR-V 2016-2021 236,555 4,117 1.7% SUV
 2 Lexus RX Series 2016-2021 34,560 2,202 6.4% SUV
 3 Ford F-150 Series 2015-2020 292,127 1,182 0.4% Pickup
 4 Honda Civic 2016-2021 236,958 768 0.3% Car
 5 Toyota Highlander 2013-2019 64,983 748 1.2% SUV
 6 RAM 1500 Series 2011-2018 295,341 509 0.2% Pickup
 7 Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500 1999-2006 71,078 410 0.6% Pickup
 8 Honda Accord 2018-2021 28,692 372 1.3% Car
 9 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011-2020 85,528 346 0.4% SUV
 10 Toyota RAV4  2013-2018 217,006 334 0.2% SUV

This year, SUVs dominate the list, followed by pickup trucks and cars.

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

The 10 most stolen vehicles in Ontario in 2022

In Ontario, criminals tend to seek these vehicles:

 Ranking Make/model Model generation (years) # of vehicles insured # of thefts Theft rate (%) Type
 1 Lexus RX Series 2016-2021 22,192 2,083 9.4% SUV
 2 Honda CR-V 2016-2021 114,463 1,150 1.0% SUV
 3 Ford F-150 Series 2015-2020 114,233 613 0.5% Pickup
 4 Toyota Highlander 2013-2019 33,610 575 1.7% SUV
 5 Honda Civic 2016-2021 129,119 380 0.3% Car
 6 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2015-2021 6,291 264 4.2% SUV
 7 Honda Accord 2018-2021 18,964 220 1.2% Car
 8 Chevrolet GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500 Series 1999-2006 24,661 169 0.7% Pickup
 9 RAM 1500 Series 2009-2018 110,233 147 0.1% Pickup
 10 Toyota Tacoma 2016-2021 16,571 144 0.9% Pickup

 

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

The 10 most stolen vehicles in Alberta in 2022

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

 Ranking Make/model Model generation (years) # of vehicles insured # of thefts Theft rate (%) Type
 1 Ford F-350 Series 1997-2007 5,718 220 3.85% Pickup
 2 RAM 1500 Series 2009-2018 57,861 165 0.29% Pickup
 3 Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 2500 Series 1999-2006 13,912 164 1.18% Pickup
 4 Ford F-150 Series 2009-2014 40,309 104 0.26% Pickup
 5 Chevrolet/GMC Silverado 1500 Series 1999-2006 15,224 103 0.68% Pickup
 6 Ford F-150 Series 2015-2020 47,645 97 0.20% Pickup
 7 Ford F-250 Series 1997-2007 2,951 84 2.85% Pickup
 8 Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500 Series 2007-2013 29,345 79 0.27% Pickup
 9 RAM 1500 Series 2019-2021 20,211 66 0.33% Pickup
 10 Dodge Journey 2009-2020 22,487 64 0.28% SUV

 

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.

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 Insurance Bureau of Canada, a vehicle is stolen every six minutes in Canada, costing Canadians more than $1 billion annually in added insurance premiums.

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.
  • 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.

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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