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In a previous post, I shared the results compiled by the Insurance Bureau of Canada on the top-10 most frequently stolen vehicles in this country for 2014. Having already shared the story of the nation's most frequently stolen vehicles, the organization also created lists relating to regions of Canada shining a spotlight on the fact that thieves in certain provinces prey upon specific automobiles. Dividing Canada into five areas, there is indeed major differences in the types of vehicles stolen.
Prairies and Territories
Encompassing four provinces and three territories in Canada, pickup truck thefts appear to dominate the mindset of thieves. Eight of the top-10 most targeted vehicles on the list for the region are Ford Super Duty pickup trucks. These numbers of this region of Canada has clearly resonated with the regional trends as the 2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty made the top of both lists.
Two vehicles of note on the list for the prairies is the 1998 Plymouth Neon and 1997 Dodge Stratus. The only cars on the list for the western part of Canada, Chrysler products such as the Neon and Stratus have been considered easy targets for thieves. It wasn't until 1999 that the Dodge Stratus provided an option of a Sentry Key that makes the car more difficult to steal. The prairies and Canadian territories region will not be the only place where late 1990s Chrysler products will make top-10 listing.
|1||2007 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD|
|2||2007 Ford F350 Super Duty 4WD|
|3||2006 Ford F350 Super Duty 4WD|
|4||2005 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD|
|5||2000 Ford F250 Super Duty 2WD|
|6||2006 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD|
|7||1998 Plymouth Neon 2DR|
|8||2005 Ford F350 Super Duty 4WD|
|9||1997 Dodge Stratus 4DR|
|10||2004 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD|
MaritimesPreviously mentioning Chrysler products, thieves in the Maritimes appear to be seeking out a member of the company's Jeep brand. The four-door 1999 Jeep Cherokee is at the top of the chart apparently coveted for its four-wheel drive capability. Another Chrysler product is also found on the top-10 most frequently stolen vehicle list for the region. The 2006 Dodge Charger with a HEMI V-8 engine has proven enticing enough to be classified as the fourth most targeted vehicle in Maritime provinces. The Charger has also been popular on similar surveys in the United States lately sought after for its high-performance powerplants. The remainder on the top-10 list for the Maritimes is a mixed bag of vehicle makes and types racing from the 2001 Mazda Tribute to the 2003 Cadillac Deville sedan.
|1||1999 Jeep Cherokee 4DR 4WD|
|2||2006 Acura MDX 4DR 4WD|
|3||1999 Toyota 4Runner 4DR 4WD|
|4||2006 Dodge Charger V8|
|5||2001 Mazda Tribute 4DR AWD|
|6||2005 Chevrolet/GMC Suburban/Yukon XL|
|7||2003 Cadillac Deville|
|8||2005 Nissan Titan|
|9||2009 Acura TL|
|10||2006 Subaru Legacy Wagon AWD|
OntarioA region of major contrast to the rest of Canada, the province of Ontario's list of most frequently stolen vehicles contain a number of unique characteristics. Ontario is one of two regions in the country where the thieves appear to aggressively pursue later model vehicles. In every other region of Canada, no car older than 2009 appears on the list. In Ontario, three cars are 2010 or older. Also differing from other regions of Canada is not one pickup truck is found in Ontario's top-10 most frequently stolen vehicle list.
It appears the V-TEC powered Honda products are still a tempting vehicle to thieves. In the first and third spot of the most frequently stolen vehicle in Ontario is the Acura RSX Type S. The 2002 and 2003 model year RSX coupes (sandwiching a BMW X6 AWD crossover) are joined by the 2008 TL Type S placing Acura branded vehicles in in three of the ten spots on the Ontario chart. Toyota registers a total of four times on the list with the Highlander crossover vehicle accounting for three. Also notice on the chart that Toyota vehicles range from 2010 to 2013.
|1||2003 Acura RSX Type S|
|2||2009 BMW X6 AWD|
|3||2002 Acura RSX Type S|
|4||2013 Toyota Highlander 4WD|
|5||2013 Toyota 4Runner 4WD|
|6||1997 Plymouth Breeze|
|7||2008 Acura TL Type S|
|8||2006 Range Rover Sport 4WD|
|9||2012 Toyota Highlander 4WD|
|10||2010 Toyota Highlander 4WD|
QuebecHistorically touted as a province notorious for organized car thefts, it was previously reported that 17,766 vehicles have been stolen in 2013. While still high in Canada, the overall frequency of stealing vehicles in Quebec have actually declined in recent years. Car thieves in Quebec have focused almost entirely on utility and utility-leaning vehicles on the 2014 list for most frequently stolen cars in the region.
Matching the national list, the 2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty is once again presented at the peak position. In second place, Quebec vehicle theft patterns show a similar favouritism for imported products. Behind the 2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty, the 2013 Lexus RX350 shows again that skilled perpetrators can bypass modern anti-theft measures for a vehicle worth the effort. With Lexus being a Toyota brand, it was not the only product from the auto brand appearing on the list. The 2010 and 2013 Highlander as well as the FJ Cruiser also made the top-10 in Quebec. In third place is the two-door version of the 1999 Acura Integra.
|1||2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD|
|2||2013 Lexus RX350|
|3||1999 Acura Integra 2DR|
|4||2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD|
|5||2007 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD|
|6||2010 Toyota Highlander|
|7||2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser|
|8||2004 Infiniti FX 35|
|9||2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty|
|10||2013 Toyota Highlander|