The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has released its annual list of the most popular stolen vehicles and the vehicle of choice in 2019 seems to have been the Ford Super Duty pickup, taking eight of the spots on the Top-10 list.
Thieves seemed to be particularly enamoured with the first-generation 350 SD, which made the list seven times, and put the latest of that generation (2007) as the most wanted stolen vehicle. The 2005 Ford 250 SD snuck into the top 10 at position 8, and the Ford sweep was only broken up by the Lexus RX from 2018 (7th) and the 1998 Honda Civic Si Coupe (10).
The reason is clear, says the IBC — lack of an ignition immobilizer (that electronic device that prevents the vehicle from being started simply by crossing wires, as often seen in movies) — which is why the Civic coupe also likely made the list.
However, the IBC points out, installation of such technology is not in itself a deterrent for auto thieves today, as they become more attuned to methods that help bypass the increases in technology. The result is a billion-dollar problem, as costs for insurance, crime investigation and prosecution, health care and correctional services continue to escalate.
“Electronic auto theft is on the rise across the country as more vehicles are equipped with technology like keyless entry fobs,” said Bryan Gast, national director of investigative services for IBC. “Regardless of how a vehicle is stolen, auto theft is a serious threat to public safety and continues to cost all Canadians.”
It is believed that many of the vehicles stolen in 2019 were shipped within and outside Canada to be sold off to unknowing or uncaring customers, although vehicles are still stolen for the traditional uses such as joyrides or for chop-shops.
2019 Top 10 Stolen Vehicles
- 2007 Ford 350SD AWD
- 2006 Ford 350SD AWD 2006
- 2005 Ford 350SD AWD
- 2004 Ford 350SD AWD
- 2006 Ford 250SD AWD
- 2003 Ford 350SD AWD
- 72018 Lexus RX (RX350/RX450h) AWD
- 2005 Ford F250 SD 4WD
- 2002 Ford F350 SD 4AWD
- 1998 Honda Civic Si Coupe