The top 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada

The top 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada

According to a new report from Équité Association (a non-profit organization that help insurance companies in Canada fight fraud), expensive vehicles,  regardless of manufacturer, are targets for car thieves.

“Not only does auto theft cost Canadians millions of dollars each year, the proceeds of this illegal activity also fund organized crime and terrorism, both domestically and internationally,” said Bryan Gast, vice president of investigative services at Équité Association.

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The report, released on Monday, reveals the top 10 most stolen vehicles across Canada in 2021.

Here’s the full list of the top 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada:

  1. Honda CR-V
  2. Lexus RX Series
  3. Ford F150 Series
  4. Honda Civic
  5. Toyota Highlander
  6. Ram 1500 Series
  7. Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500
  8. Honda Accord
  9. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  10. Toyota RAV4

The organization says large neighbourhoods in cities like Toronto and Vancouver are hunting grounds for organized theft crimes that funnel stolen vehicles across the world to sell for profit.

The report, released on Monday, reveals the top 10 most stolen vehicles across the country in 2021.

At number one is the Honda CR-V — 1.7% (4,117) of the 236,555 SUVs on the road were stolen.

However, the vehicle with the largest percentage of thefts on the road was the Lexus RX Series. The SUV had a 6.4% (2,202) theft rate with 34,560 being driven.

The Ford F150 Series comes in third place with 1,182 (0.4%) stolen of the 292,127 being driven.

But the question remains: how are these vehicles being stolen at these rates?

Équité says car thieves are taking advantage of technology.

One tactic is keyless theft – when the thief uses a device that cons the vehicle into thinking its remote key fob is nearby. This strategy unlocks the car and starts the ignition.

Another trick is cloning your car’s keys through the on-board diagnostic port.

After the cars are stolen, Équité says they’re usually shipped overseas from the Port of Montreal.

“Not only is auto theft costly, it places a burden on our criminal justice system and creates undue personal and financial hardship for Canadians who have been a victim of this type of crime,” reads the report.

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