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Top 10 Most and Least Stolen Vehicles In Canada

The type of vehicle you drive has a huge impact on your insurance premium. There are several reasons for this. Insurance providers look at risk factors pertaining to each vehicle. Vehicle risk factors include:

  • Make, model, and year of the vehicle
  • Average repair costs for a vehicle
  • Value of the Vehicle
  • The safety rating of the vehicle
  • Probability of the vehicle being stolen

The Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles In Canada

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Each year the Insurance Bureau of Canada releases a list of the top ten most stolen cars. Prior to 2020, the list was topped with older, bigger pick-up trucks, however, in 2020 there was a swing in events. Thieves have mastered keyless entry systems on new vehicles. For the year 2020, Canada’s list of most stolen cars is as follows:

  1. 2018 Honda CR-V
  2. 2017 Lexus RX
  3. 2017 Honda CR-V
  4. 2018 Lexus RX
  5. 2018 Ford F-150
  6. 2019 Honda CR-V
  7. 2018 Toyota Highlander
  8. 2017 Toyota Highlander
  9. 2019 Lexus RX
  10. 2017 Dodge Ram 1500

The list above is an average for all of Canada, however, each Province has their own individual lists for most stolen cars. If you were to expand the list to the top 50 most stolen vehicles, pick-up trucks would appear in 27 of the next 40 vehicles in the list. 

Compare the Top 10 List of Most Stolen Vehicles in Canada 2019

  1.     2007 Ford 350
  2.     2006 Ford 350
  3.     2005 Ford 350
  4.     2004 Ford 350
  5.     2006 Ford 250
  6.     2003 Ford 350
  7.     2018 Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 
  8.     2005 Ford F250
  9.     2002 Ford F350
  10.     1998 Honda Civic Si

As you can see, prior to the year 2020, pick-up trucks were the most stolen vehicles in Canada. The Ford F series trucks were and still are the best selling pick-up trucks in Canada. They were at the top of the most stolen list because the demand for these types of vehicles was very high. The older the vehicle, the more inferior the security features they are constructed with. 

The Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in Ontario

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In Ontario, the most stolen vehicle list was typically dominated by pick-up trucks, however, in the year 2020, the top ten most stolen vehicles contain Japanese SUVs. The list of Ontario’s most stolen vehicles are as follows: 

  1.     2017 Lexus RX
  2.     2018 Lexus RX
  3.     2018 Honda CR-V 
  4.     2018 Toyota Highlander 
  5.     2019 Lexus RX
  6.     2016 Lexus RX
  7.     2017 Toyota Highlander
  8.     2017 Honda CR-V
  9.     2019 Honda CR-V
  10.     2018 Honda Accord

Expanding and Collapsing The Top 50 Most Stolen Vehicles in Canada

When you expand and then collapse the top 50 most stolen vehicles in Canada over all the years the list of the most stolen as well as how many stolen each year would look like this:

  1.     Ford F-150  – 831
  2.     Honda CR-V  – 758
  3.     Lexus RX – 738
  4.     Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 – 654
  5.     Dodge/Ram 1500 –  603
  6.     Ford F-350 – 457
  7.     Honda Civic – 446
  8.     Toyota Highlander – 414
  9.     Honda Accord – 202
  10.     Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500 – 142

Typically older pick-up trucks are stolen and then parted out, while newer vehicles are shipped out of the country almost immediately after they are stolen. Pick-up trucks are also often stolen to commit other crimes. Thieves often steal vehicles to participate in street racing. 

Alberta’s Most Stolen Vehicles

 

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Alberta drivers tend to drive pick-up trucks, this makes Alberta’s most stolen vehicle list a little different. Alberta’s top 10 most stolen vehicles for 2020 were:

  1.     2006 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  2.     2007 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  3.     2004 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  4.     2005 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  5.     2017 Dodge/Ram Ram 1500 4WD
  6.     2014 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD
  7.     2003 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  8.     2018 Ford F150 4WD
  9.     2013 Ford F150 4WD
  10.     2013 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD

Key Fobs

Most newer vehicle models are equipped with key fobs. Thieves have now mastered how to conduct a relay attack on the key fobs. Thieves have the ability to capture key fob radio frequency which is then relayed to an accomplice who then unlocks the doors using the radio frequency utilized by the vehicle. Vehicles with key fobs are also at a higher risk for theft due to the fact these vehicles do not have ignition immobilizers. Ignition immobilizers can prevent the vehicle from being hot-wired. When a vehicle does not have an ignition immobilizer it is much easier for someone to gain access and start your vehicle. 

Tips For Stolen Vehicle Prevention

No matter what type of vehicle you drive there are certain measures you can take to lower the risk of it being stolen. The following tips should help minimize the risk of vehicle theft:

  • Install an anti-theft device
  • Install an ignition immobilizer
  • Never keep valuables in or visible in your vehicle
  • Keep all windows and sunroofs closed and locked
  • Keep all doors closed and locked
  • Never leave the keys or keyless entry fob in the vehicle
  • Never leave the vehicle unattended when the engine is running
  • Park your vehicle in your garage if available
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area

The Best Vehicle Anti-Theft Devices To Make Your Vehicle Make The Least Stolen Vehicles in Canada List

The IBC records statistics on the number of vehicles stolen in Canada to formulate their most stolen vehicle lists. However, there are some great anti-theft devices on the market that can greatly reduce the risk of theft to your vehicle. These devices include:

  • A steering wheel lock
  • A tire lock
  • A kill switch
  • An electronic tracking system
  • A baby monitor

List Of Top 10 Least Stolen Vehicles

The least stolen vehicles in Canada, are those that are equipped with top-notch anti-theft devices, no matter what make or model they are. When you provide proof to your insurance provider that you have installed anti-theft devices, you could see a reduction in your car insurance rate. When you show your insurance provider you have done everything possible to reduce the chance of theft, they may consider the risk to be lower. Speak to your insurance provider to see which anti-theft devices they would recommend to save you more on your insurance premium.

There is a list of vehicles very unlikely to be a thieves’ target as below.

  1. A6 Audi all-wheel-drive, luxury car
  2. SUV Mercury Mariner small SUV
  3. 2010 Chevrolet Equinox midsize SUV
  4. (2009-10)Volkswagen CC, midsize car
  5. Chevrolet Equinox four-wheel-drive  midsize SUV
  6. Lexus RX 350 midsize luxury SUV
  7. Saturn Vue midsize SUV
  8. Chevrolet Aveo mini station wagon
  9. BMW 5 Series all-wheel-drive large luxury car
  10. Mini Cooper Clubman two-door car

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