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Top 10 Stolen Cars in Canada. Is Yours Listed?

April 10, 2015
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The likelihood of your car being stolen by thieves plays a factor in how much you pay for your car insurance. The more likely a thief is to target the type of car you drive, the more it will likely cost you to insure.

Each year, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) announces the 10 vehicles most commonly stolen by thieves in Canada, based on actual insurance claims data. While many people think newer, flashier cars are more likely to be stolen, claims data suggests otherwise.

Related Read: 10 Car Insurance Myths Debunked

Most Stolen Vehicles According to IBC

Rank Year Model
1. 2007 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
2. 2006 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
3. 2007 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU
5. 2005 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
7. 2004 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
8. 2006 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU
9. 2000 HONDA CIVIC SiR 2DR 2D
10. 2003 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU

Car Security System, No Worries?

Many of today’s vehicles come with car security systems, but even with a security system drivers should still take precautions. In fact, police in midtown Toronto recently reported that since the beginning of the year they’ve seen an increase in thefts of SUVs right out of people’s driveways. The vehicles targeted are Toyota and Lexus SUVs and the police suspect the thieves have access to electronic devices that can compromise these vehicle’s security system.

Protect Yourself From Theft, And Possibly Higher Car Insurance Rates

The IBC says that that all it takes is 30 seconds for a professional thief to steal your car, and that a vehicle is stolen every three minutes in Canada.

“Don’t make it easy for thieves. Approximately 20 per cent of all stolen vehicles have keys in them,” said Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigative Services, IBC.

In addition to not leaving your keys in the car, the IBC offers up the following additional tips to avoid being a victim of car theft:

  • Roll up your windows, lock the doors and pocket the keys.
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended while running.
  • Never leave valuables, packages or purchases in plain sight. Put them in the trunk.
  • Park in your garage at night if you have one and lock both your car and the garage.
  • When out and about, always park in well-lit areas.

Lastly, the Toronto Police Service suggests that when parking, turn your wheels to the side and use your emergency brake. This makes it more difficult for thieves who steal cars by towing them away.

Lesley Green

Lesley Green is a senior writer and editor at RATESDOTCA and has been a part of the team since 2002. During non-pandemic times she enjoys live theatre, travelling, curling and, depending on how well she's hitting the ball, golfing.

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