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10 most stolen vehicles in Canada have a common thread

Criminals have a huge demand for late-model, high-end AWD/4WD vehicles

Published: December 2, 2015, 8:10 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 1:22 PM

2010 Ford Super Duty

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has published its annual 'Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles' list for 2015 and they all have a common thread. In fact, nine of the 10 are variations on essentially the same vehicle – the Ford SuperDuty 4WD truck, in F-250 and F-350 variants from model years 2001 through 2007.

2006 Cadillac Escalade - 2006 Cadillac Escalade Photo Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

The only other vehicle in the Top 10 is the 2006 Cadillac Escalade. "Criminals continue to have a huge demand for late-model, high-end AWD/4WD vehicles," said Rick Dubin, vice-president, Investigative Services, at IBC.

"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," he explained.

While there has been a decline in auto theft over the last decade, there was an uptick in 2014 according to the IBC. "Stolen vehicles are up 1% to 73,964 across Canada, with the biggest increases in B.C. (up 29%)," said Dubin. 

There are differences among regions in the vehicles most often stolen, with the big Ford truck most popular in Western Canada, although the 2000 Honda Civic also made that Western list. (We're guessing the Si model whose engine is coveted by tuner).

In Ontario, the 2003 Cadillac Escalade topped the list, which included such other vehicles as the  2010 Acura ZDX,  2009 BMW X6, 2013 Acura MDX, 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche, 2013 Toyota Highlander, 2005 Hummer H2, 2014 Toyota Venza, 2011 BMW X6 and 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche, in that order – all of which are AWD/4WD vehicles.

In Atlantic Canada, the list took on a different complexion. It was topped by the 2006 Ford Freestyle Wagon, followed by the 1998 Dodge/Plymouth Neon, 2004 Ford Focus ZX5, 2003 Dodge Durango, 1998 Toyota RAV4, 2004 GM S-Series SUVs, 2005 Ford F-350 SD, 2004 Acura TSX, 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2010 Honda Civic Si Coupe.

Dubin estimates that 60% of the stolen vehicles seized by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and IBC at export ports had the keys in them!