Auto thieves in Western Canada love Ford trucks

Ford trucks are the most commonly stolen vehicles in the Western and Pacific region

CNW

On Dec. 6, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) published its annual list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles in Canada.

Once again, Ford trucks are the most commonly stolen vehicles in the Western and Pacific region.

“For the second consecutive year, auto theft across Canada has ticked higher,” said Bill Adams, vice-president, Western and Pacific, IBC. “After large declines in auto theft activity over the last decade, the number of stolen vehicles has gone up six per cent nationally compared to last year. In Alberta, we have seen the largest increase in all of Canada with auto thefts up a whopping 32 per cent. Unfortunately, many of the vehicles stolen in this region will never be recovered.”

Here is this year’s 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in IBC’s Western and Pacific region:

1. 2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup

2. 2007 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup

3. 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup

4. 2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Pickup

5. 2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Pickup

6. 2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Pickup

7. 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Pickup

8. 2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup

9. 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup

10. 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Pickup

“We also see from this list that criminals continue to favour large, older, high-end Ford F-series vehicles,” added Adams.

For more information on the Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles in other regions, visit IBC’s National, Atlantic and Ontario websites.

Keep your vehicle safe

It pays to be vigilant about deterring car thieves. “A vehicle left running unattended is not only easy to steal, it has increased value as a stolen vehicle because it comes with the keys,” Adams said.

Cars are stolen for a number of reasons. Stolen vehicles may be shipped overseas, where they are sold to consumers who don’t know they are buying a stolen car; they may be scrapped for parts; or they might be used to commit another crime. In Western Canada, many vehicles are stolen by thieves with the purpose of committing auto insurance fraud.

“If you have gone to the trouble of buying a car that has a theft deterrent system that makes stealing it tougher, don’t make it easy for thieves by leaving the keys in the car,” added Adams. IBC reminds you that it takes less than a minute for a car thief to steal your vehicle.

Protect your vehicle by following these tips:

• Never leave your vehicle running when unattended.

• Park in well-lit areas.

• When parking your car, always close the windows and lock the doors.

• Put valuables and packages in the trunk, where they’re out of sight.

• Keep your car in the garage at night.

• Don’t leave personal information in the glove box. Take your insurance and ownership documents with you when you park your vehicle.

For more information about auto theft, visit www.ibc.ca.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada