Thieves love the Ford 350 Super Duty pickup truck!
It tops the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s list of the most popular stolen vehicles in 2019. In fact, broken out by model years, it takes 7 of the 10 spots, including the top 6.
Various models of Lexus RX is in 7th place, followed by the Ford 250 in 8th place, and the Honda Civic Si 2DR Coupe in 10th place.
IBC points out that while the technology in vehicles continues to evolve, so do sophisticated auto thieves who are using technology to bypass security systems and electronically gain access to Canadians’ vehicles.
“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.”
Auto theft costs Canadians close to $1 billion every year. This includes $542 million for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles, $250 million in police, health care and court costs, and millions more for correctional services.
While some vehicles are stolen to commit another crime or to be used to go for a “joyride,” many others are stolen by organized crime groups to be sold to unsuspecting consumers in Canada, shipped abroad or stripped down for parts.
2019 Top 10 Stolen Vehicles
IBC’s Top 10 Stolen Vehicles list is compiled using data from IBC’s member companies across the country. This year’s list includes nine vehicles that don’t have ignition immobilizers, which are devices that can prevent thieves from hot-wiring a vehicle. The lack of an ignition immobilizer is the number one reason this series of Ford trucks continues to take up the majority of spots on the list.