Top 10 Stolen Cars in Canada – Do You Own One?
November 22, 2022, Kitchener, Ontario
Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer
The Équité Association (Équité) just released their 2022 Top 10 List. It may not be one you want to be on! Car theft is big business in Ontario with many cars destined to be shipped offshore for resale. Long gone are the days of kids taking a car for a joy ride and abandoning it. These vehicles are either destined for use in crime, or for resale. They are being stolen from your driveway, the mall, and the street.
New cars with the keyless system are easily hacked by thieves who can scan your fob code discretely and simply get into your car and drive away. Thieves are exploiting all technology as fast as the manufacturers make it. Theft of car parts like catalytic converters for valuable metals is another separate but related issue.
Car theft costs everyone. It’s a huge inconvenience particularly now when new cars are hard to come by. Auto theft (including insurance fraud) uses valuable resources. Police, insurance, court costs and even jail time, and your own time are all used to try and recover or establish loss of a vehicle. Stolen cars that are found are often heavily damaged and the cost of fixing or replacing all stolen cars is high.
The top 10 list has commonalities. They are high-end vehicles of all brands. Pick-up trucks, SUVs and luxury vehicles.
Here is a list of the Top 10 Stolen Cars in Ontario from Équité
If you want to see the complete national lists you can click here.
How to Avoid Auto Theft
According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada you Can help prevent your car from be stolen by:
- Don't leave a keyless entry fob in a vehicle or unprotected at the front entrance of your home. Thieves can use wireless transmitters to intercept the signal, giving them access to the vehicle. Consider storing fobs in a protective box or bag that blocks the signal.
- Install an immobilizing device which prevents thieves from bypassing the ignition and hot-wiring a vehicle. This can include devices that require wireless ignition authentication or starter, ignition and fuel pump disablers.
- Install a tracking device that emits a signal to police or a monitoring station if a vehicle is stolen.
- Don't make your vehicle an easy target:
- Never leave a vehicle running when unattended.
- Lock the doors and close all windows when parked.
- Make sure to park in well-lit areas or in the garage.
- Use a visible or audible device that shows thieves a vehicle is protected.
- Consider using a deterrent like a steering wheel or brake pedal lock.
- Don't leave personal information, like insurance and ownership documents, in the glove box when parked.
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