Ford F-Series pick-up trucks are listed in 9 of the top 10 spots on the Insurance Bureau of Canada 2015 list of stolen vehicles; the Cadillac Escalade is also on the list. How often your make and model of vehicle is stolen is one of the factors insurers use to set your insurance premium. Thieves generally steal vehicles for one of four reasons:
To sell abroad: Stolen vehicles are often immediately packed – with their vehicle identification numbers (VINs) still intact – and shipped abroad, where they are sold for many times their original market value.
To sell to unsuspecting consumers: Stolen vehicles may be given a false VIN and then sold to unsuspecting consumers. They can also be dismantled and sold for parts.
To get somewhere: This may be referred to as “joyriding.” Auto theft of any kind is a crime and innocent people may get hurt or killed as a result.
To commit another crime: Stolen vehicles used to commit other crimes are often recovered – abandoned and badly damaged – within 48 hours of their theft.
Top 10 vehicles stolen in Canada
1. Ford F350 Sd 4wd Pu 2005
2. Ford F350 Sd 4wd Pu 2006
3. Ford F350 Sd 4wd Pu 2007
4. Cadillac Escalade 4dr 4wd Suv 2006
5. Ford F350 Sd 4wd Pu 2003
6. Ford F250 Sd 4wd Pu 2006
7. Ford F350 Sd 4wd Pu 2001
8. Ford F250 Sd 4wd Pu 2004
9. Ford F250 Sd 4wd Pu 2007
10. Ford F250 Sd 4wd Pu 2001
Top 10 vehicles stolen in Ontario
1. 2003 Cadillac Eescalade 4dr 4wd Suv
2. 2010 Acura ZDX 4dr awd Suv
3. 2009 BMW X6 4dr awd Suv
4. 2013 Acura MDX 4dr 4wd Suv
5. 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 2wd PU
6. 2013 Toyota Highlander 4dr 4wd Suv
7. 2005 Hummer H2 4dr awd Suv
8. 2014 Toyota Venza 5dr 4d
9. 2011 BMW X6 4dr awd Suv
10. 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 2wd PU
Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigative Services, IBC, notes “None of the top 10 stolen vehicles are equipped with an electronic manufacturer immobilizer as a theft deterrent system, so they are easier to steal. We also see from this list that criminals continue to have a huge demand for AWD/4WD late model high-end vehicles.” In addition, he says Car thieves not only steal your vehicle and the valuables in it, they may steal your identity through your ownership and insurance documents. In 2014, there were 12,729 cases of identity theft in Canada, an increase of 8%.