Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in 2018

Dec 30, 2018

One factor taken into account when car insurance companies calculate premiums is an automobile’s make and model, and as well as the statistical chance of a vehicle theft. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada This is an external link, auto theft costs Canadians close to $1 billion each year. In 2018 these were the top vehicles stolen:

  • 2015 LEXUS GX460 4DR AWD SUV
  • 2007 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
  • 2006 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
  • 2005 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
  • 2001 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
  • 2003 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
  • 2004 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
  • 2002 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
  • 2006 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU
  • Older model vehicles are more enticing to thieves because they aren’t equipped with advanced security features. However, thieves are still targeting newer vehicles by using something called a “relay attack,” where, using a device, they can intercept the radio signal that comes from a key fob to unlock and start the vehicle.

    Thieves generally steal vehicles for one of four reasons:

  • Stolen and immediately sold overseas for many times their value.
  • Stolen and resold with fake VINS to unknowing buyers, or parted out.
  • Stolen and used to for “joyriding”.
  • Stolen in the commission of another crime, usually found within 48 hours, abandoned and thrashed.
  • Sometimes, theives steal items inside the car, which often leads to insurance or identity theft.

    17,500 cases of identity theft were reported in 2017, alone, so this definitely is an issue that's on the rise. It’s not always possible to prevent car theft, but there are plenty of simple steps you can take to avoid seeming like an easy target.

    Keep the following in mind when you park your car:

  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Where possible, park your car in the garage at night.
  • Lock your vehicle and roll up all windows whenever it is parked. When temperatures plummet below -20, it is exceptionally important to lock your vehicle while it is warming up. Even if you are in a "safe" suburb neighborhood, thieves may be around.
  • Never leave valuables in plain sight; and, do not leave any personal documents, like your insurance slip, ownership papers, or pieces of ID in the glove compartment. Take all items with you when you leave your vehicle.
  • Insurance Discounts?

    You can save money on your insurance premiums by installing an after-market alarm system or use a physical anti-theft device like The Club.

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