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The list was compiled using insurance claims from 2019. Gast said he hopes the list brings more awareness for people to be careful with their vehicles. He said IBC is working with its partners including law enforcement to collect more data to better combat theft including figuring out the method thieves use.
Gast said they don’t have data yet on how many vehicles are stolen while sitting idle compared to more sophisticated auto theft methods. He said with newer vehicles making the list including some from 2017 and 2018, drivers need to be cautious.
Gast said the problem is all across Alberta and isn’t specific to urban centres or rural areas.
“Just because Alberta’s list shows the top 10 as being pickup trucks doesn’t mean that other vehicles aren’t targeted, such as higher-end SUVs,” he said. “There’s a lot of them in Alberta (so) that doesn’t mean they’re not being stolen, it’s just that their numbers aren’t in the top 10.”
Gast said there are several ways drivers can prevent theft including placing their key fobs in protective boxes so the radio frequency can’t be copied, purchasing a brake lock or other security device and not leaving vehicles unattended.
The most stolen vehicles in Canada include the Honda CR-V, Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL and Toyota Highlander. While Ford and Ram were the most popular to steal in Alberta, Lexus and Honda dominated Ontario’s list while the Chevrolet Silverado was the most stolen in Atlantic Canada.