The 2000 Honda Civic SIR two-door was the most stolen vehicle in Canada, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
Civics make up the first two places in this year’s list. According to the bureau, it is a popular vehicle for young people and is often stolen and chopped up for parts.
The Civic replaces the 2009 Toyota Venza 4-door, which was last year’s most frequently stolen vehicle nationally but is the second most stolen vehicle in Quebec, the bureau says.
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
According to the bureau, seven of the top 10 vehicles are 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles, including four 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 statement.
“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 are targeting Ford trucks in Quebec and Atlantic Canada, changing vehicle identification numbers and re-selling them to unsuspecting victims in Alberta, where there is in high demand.
The IBC suggests drivers 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.