Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks are big, rugged – and loved by thieves across the country.
This year’s Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles list, published annually by Insurance Bureau of Canada, shows a growing interest by organized criminals in Ford “F” series trucks.
The Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles this year in Canada are:
FORD F-350 SD 4WD PU 2007
FORD F-350 SD 4WD PU 2006
FORD F-250 SD 4WD PU 2007
CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD SUV 2003
FORD F-350 SD 4WD PU 2005
HONDA CIVIC 2DR COUPE 2D 1999
FORD F-350 SD 4WD PU 2004
FORD F-250 SD 4WD PU 2006
HONDA CIVIC SiR 2DR 2D 2000
FORD F-350 SD 4WD PU 2003
“The trend of stolen F-series trucks was also seen in Alberta where there was a 50 percent increase,” explained Rick Dubin, vice-president, Investigative Services, IBC. “What’s more, for the first time in years, 3 stolen F-series trucks, intended for export, were seized at the ports of Montreal and Halifax.”
Given these trends, Dubin believes that the majority of stolen F-series vehicles were most likely re-vinned (given a false vehicle identification number (VIN)) and sold to unsuspecting consumers.
Exporting stolen vehicles
In addition to the increase in F-series trucks on this year’s list, high-end vehicles, including those made by Lexus, Audi, BMW and Mercedes, were a target for organized criminals who then likely shipped the vehicles to West Africa.
Auto theft declines
While the incidence of auto theft in Canada has decreased, it is still big business. In 2013, for example, 72,804 vehicles were stolen, an 8 percent drop from the previous year. However, organized criminals are concentrating on acquiring more high-end vehicles.
While most provinces showed a decline in auto theft, Newfoundland and Labrador had a 2 percent increase, Alberta an 11 percent increase and Yukon a 29 percent increase. Recovery rates for stolen vehicles continue to be low.
IBC reminds buyers to beware. Given the amount of stolen vehicles and parts that are sold online, if the deal seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.
“Don’t make it easy for thieves. Approximately 20 percent of all stolen vehicles have keys in them,” said Dubin. “Don’t leave your car running unattended while letting it warm up or when you go into the coffee shop.”
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