Auto theft trends in Canada
While driving frequency has been down significantly for most Canadians in the last two years, that fact has done little to see an equitable drop in the incidents of car theft.
There were roughly 80,000 vehicles stolen across Canada in 2021, about a 1% increase over 2020. And while that 1% may not seem like much, any trend upward is not a good thing.
One of the reasons for the uptick is the increase in “Electronic Theft”, as more vehicles equipped with advanced technologies like push button start have coincidentally provided thieves with another potential avenue to exploit.
Electronic theft is not just making the crime of stealing a car easier, but more frequent too. A recent report has noted that in Ontario alone, there were 10,900 car theft claims in 2021 – which translates to a car being stolen in the province every 48 minutes.
According to data from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), Toyota Highlanders and Lexus SUVs have ranked as the most stolen vehicles in the country since 2017. IBC has been publishing a list of Canada’s top 10 most stolen vehicles since 2003, and its lists have consistently included the two and their latest model years.
IBC has been assisting authorities with the recovery of stolen vehicles. In 2019, the bureau had participated in a joint investigation with Ottawa and Quebec police into an auto theft ring worth $2.5 million. The investigators managed to recover some $650,000 worth of vehicles – some of which were found in or around the Port of Montreal with their VINs removed for illegal sale abroad. IBC worked to identify and examine the stolen automobiles, and offered replacement VINs.
There are steps that you can take to avoid being the victim of auto theft… electronic or otherwise.
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Source: Insurance Business Canada