Canada’s Most-Stolen Cars and Trucks in 2015

We begin in western Canada, where the list of most-stolen vehicles includes four versions of Ford's F-Series Super Duty trucks. Topping the list is the 2004 F-250 Super Duty 4WD.

There are many things worth looking forward to in December, but one of our favourites is not what you’d expect: it’s the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) annual list of the most-stolen cars and trucks in Canada.

Not that we endorse car theft–not at all–but we like trends, and every year’s list of the vehicles most targeted by thieves reveals one or two interesting ones.

Thieves generally steal cars for one of two reasons: either they’re looking for a ride to use in the commission of another crime, or they’re part of an organized theft ring. This latter group of criminals takes cars to be sold in other countries where the authorities are perhaps not terribly thorough about tracing the origins of used vehicles being imported.

This year’s major trend, according to the IBC, is the latest method theft rings are using to smuggle stolen cars and trucks out of the country: instead of shipping them whole, these clever crooks have begun to dismantle “high-end, late-model” vehicles, and instead ship containers stocked with parts to be reassembled at their destination.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the IBC seized 41 such dismantled vehicles before they set sail from Canadian ports in 2015, with the two organizations recovering more than $10 million worth of stolen vehicles.

Regardless of the reason behind a theft, Rick Dubin, the IBC’s VP of investigative services, says the majority of car thefts are crimes of opportunity. He says around 60 percent of cars seized at Canadian ports have the keys in the ignition, because they are of greater value to thieves, presumably because they have to do less work to steal them, and there’s less damage to repair before the cars are sold for profit.

Even without the keys, Dubin says it takes less than a minute for a thief to make off with your car, so he suggests deterring thieves by parking in well-lit areas; closing windows and doors and pocketing the keys; keep valuables out of sight in the trunk; and take insurance and ownership documents with you when you leave the car parked.

Overall, car theft is up in Canada: IBC notes a nationwide uptick of one percent, with B.C. and Alberta posting the largest provincial increases, at 29 (!) and two percent, respectively.

Click on through to our gallery to see the top five most-stolen cars and trucks in various parts of Canada.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.
  • Jerry G.

    It is best to select a model of vehicle that is least stolen. Under the same manufacture they have variations of the same model series using the same under pinnings and mechanics. It is the style of the outer shell (body), the name plate on the back of the vehicle, and some of the interior finish that is different. Most of the time the same options are available on all their vehicles. This gives good flexibility for choice.

    A vehicle that is least stolen should have lower insurance rates which is a plus. Always go for a simple outside finish. Put on regular wheels with good quality tires. Choose colors that do not stand out, and have the outside appearance look as simple as possible. If the vehicle is kept sort of unwashed this also makes it less attractive. Never leave in site through the windows anything that appears valuable. When not in the vehicle cover the seats with an old throw-over cloth to look like they are in poor condition.