The 2000 Honda Civic SiR two-door was the most stolen car in Canada this year, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
The Civic replaces the 2009 Toyota Venza 4-door, last year’s most frequently stolen vehicle nationally. But investigators say they are seeing new trends in theft.
Civics, a perennial target for thieves, take up the top two places in this year’s list. The bureau says it’s a popular vehicle to steal and chop for parts.
This year’s 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada are:
1. 2000 HONDA CIVIC SiR 2DR
2. 1999 HONDA CIVIC SiR 2DR
3. 2006 CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER SS 4DR 4WD
4. 2007 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
5. 2005 CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR AWD
6. 2006 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
7. 2002 CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD
8. 2005 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
9. 2004 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
10.1999 ACURA INTEGRA 2DR
The Bureau noted seven of the top 10 vehicles are 4-wheel or all-wheel drive, and four are Ford F350 trucks.
“We are never surprised to see a lot of all-terrain vehicles on the list,” Rick Dubin, vice president of Investigative Services at IBC said in a press release. “Many of these higher-end vehicles are targeted by organized crime for shipment overseas – to places like West Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, where there is a lucrative market for big, rugged vehicles.”
Dubin added that organized crime rings in Quebec and Atlantic Canada are targeting the Ford trucks, changing vehicle identification numbers after they steal them, and re-selling them to unsuspecting victims in Western Canada — with a particular focus on Alberta, where they’re in high demand.
The IBC added consumers should take extra care before purchasing a used vehicle, adding they should run a car history report before making a deal with a reputable dealer.
As for preventing car theft, the IBC says drivers should do the following:
Never leave your vehicle running unattended.
Park in well-lit areas.
Always roll up your car windows, lock the doors, pocket and protect your keys.
Never leave valuables or packages in full view. Put them in the trunk.
Park your car in the garage at night.