IBC releases annual list of most stolen vehicles. Is yours a target for thieves?

If you drive an older Ford pickup, you might be paying more for your auto insurance coverage because it's a common target for theft.

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada's (IBC) annual list of the most stolen vehicles in Canada, eight of the 10 most stolen are a Ford pickup:

  1. 2007 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  2. 2006 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  3. 2005 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  4. 2004 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  5. 2006 Ford F250 SD 4WD
  6. 2003 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  7. 2018 Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD
  8. 2005 Ford F250 SD 4WD
  9. 2002 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  10. 1998 Honda Civic Si 2DR Coupe

The results are similar to last year’s most stolen vehicles list where Ford trucks also dominated. In fact, Ford pickups have ruled the IBC’s most stolen list for years.

The Lack of Ignition Immobilizers to Blame

According to the IBC, the main reason these 10 vehicles made this year’s list is because most don’t have an ignition immobilizer:

“This year’s list includes nine vehicles that don’t have ignition immobilizers, which are devices that can prevent thieves from hot-wiring a vehicle. The lack of an ignition immobilizer is the number one reason this series of Ford trucks continues to take up the majority of spots on the list.”

Alberta Thieves Like Pickups, Ontario Thieves Go for SUVs

When thefts are broken down by region there are some interesting differences in the types of vehicles most likely to be taken. Alberta thieves fancy pickups while Ontario thieves go after SUVs.

Alberta’s Most Stolen Vehicles

Eight of the 10 most stolen vehicles in Alberta are pickup trucks:

  1. 2007 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  2. 2006 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  3. 2006 Ford F250 SD 4WD
  4. 2004 Ford F250 SD 4WD
  5. 2005 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  6. 2005 Ford F250 SD 4WD
  7. 2000 Honda Civic Si 2DR Coupe
  8. 1999 Honda Civic 2DR Hatchback
  9. 2004 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  10. 2007 Ford F250 SD 4WD

Ontario’s Most Stolen Vehicles

Nine of the 10 vehicles most stolen in Ontario are SUVs:

  1. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4DR 4WD
  2. 2018 Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD
  3. 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4DR 4WD
  4. 2005 Chevrolet/GMC Tahoe/Yukon 4DR 4WD
  5. 2016 Land Rover Range Rover 4DR 4WD
  6. 2002 Chevrolet/GMC Tahoe/Yukon 4DR 4WD
  7. 2004 Chevrolet/GMC Suburban/Yukon XL 1500 4DR 4WD
  8. 2006 Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 2500 4WD
  9. 2005 Chevrolet/GMC Suburban/Yukon XL 1500 4DR 4WD
  10. 2018 Toyota 4Runner 4DR 4WD

Ways to Deter Auto Theft

Whether you drive a vehicle that is a common target for thieves or not, the IBC offers the following tips to protect your vehicle from theft:

  • Don’t leave your keyless entry fob in a vehicle or unprotected at the front entrance of your home. Consider storing fobs in a protective box or bag that blocks the signal.
  • Install an immobilizing device which prevents thieves from bypassing the ignition and hot-wiring a vehicle.
  • Install a tracking device that emits a signal to police or a monitoring station if a vehicle is stolen.

Finally, they encourage you to make it tougher on thieves who might have your car in their sights:

  • Never leave your vehicle running when unattended.
  • Lock the doors and close all windows when parked.
  • Make sure to park in well-lit areas or in the garage.
  • Use a visible or audible device that shows thieves a vehicle is protected.
  • Consider using a deterrent like a steering wheel or brake pedal lock.
  • Don’t leave personal information, like insurance and ownership documents, in the glove box when parked.

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