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Civics and Chrysler minivans are a steal

Lock up your old Civic SiRs and Chrysler minivans.

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Lock up your old Civic SiRs and Chrysler minivans.

That seems to be the best advice after Canada’s car insurers released their annual list of the 10 most frequently stolen vehicles.

And, like last year, the 1999-2000 Civic SiR and mid-1990s Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyagers are the most swiped vehicles

It’s understandable why thieves would want a luxury roadster like the 2001 Audi TT Quattro. However, observers may question why anyone would want to steal a Dodge /Plymouth Neon – a barebones econobox that wasn’t exactly desirable when new 12 years ago.

But Rick Dubin, vice-president, investigations, at the Insurance Bureau of Canada said thieves aren’t just interested in new vehicles.

“Older vehicles are easier to steal, they have no approved anti-theft electronic immobilizers, and there are so many of them on the road that a stolen one can just blend in,” said Dubin. “That’s why they tend to be used to commit other crimes.”

Unfortunately, the recovery rate for stolen vehicles continues to decline. On a positive note, Statistics Canada says 146,142 vehicles were stolen in Canada in 2007, a drop of 7.9 per cent.

And the least stolen cars for 2008?

Rides associated with television crime bosses and politicians, like the 2003 Cadillac Deville, 2002 Lincoln Continental, and 2001 Lincoln Town Car, lead that list.

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