Toronto, Ontario – Canada’s auto insurers have released their annual list of the most frequently stolen vehicles, with the Audi TT and Dodge Neon making appearances on the list.
The contrast reflects the different purposes of auto theft, with luxury vehicles often stolen by organized crime for export, while low-end vehicles are taken for transportation, parts, or for use in other crimes.
The top ten stolen vehicles, in order, are:
1. 2000 Honda Civic SiR
2. 1999 Honda Civic SiR
3. 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX/WRX STi
4. 1995 Dodge/Plymouth Grand Caravan/Voyager
5. 1995 Dodge/Plymouth Caravan/Voyager
6. 2002 Acura RSX Type S
7. 2001 Audi TT Quattro Roadster
8. 1995 Acura Integra
9. 1996 Dodge/Plymouth Neon 2-door
10. 1996 Dodge/Plymouth Neon 4-door
“I’m sure a lot of people with decade-old Neons don’t think that anybody would want to steal their car, but this shows that thieves aren’t just interested in new or high-value vehicles,” said Rick Dubin, vice-president, Investigations, Insurance Bureau of Canada. “These older vehicles are easier to steal, they have no approved anti-theft electronic immobilizers, and there are so many of them on the road that a stolen one can just blend in. That’s why they tend to be used to commit other crimes.”
Dubin said that high-end four-wheel drive vehicles are often stolen “to order” by organized crime rings, and shipped to places like West Africa or the Middle East, where they are well suited to the terrain. “The recovery rate for stolen vehicles in Canada continues to decline,” he said. “Canadians pay a huge cost for these kinds of thefts.”
According to Statistics Canada, 146,142 vehicles were stolen in Canada in 2007, a drop of 7.9 per cent. That year, auto theft cost Canadian insurers $542 million, or an average of $35 per auto insurance policy.
Conversely, the least-stolen vehicles include the 2003 Cadillac DeVille, 2002 Lincoln Continental, 2001 Lincoln Town Car, 2007 Chevrolet Impala, 2001 Toyota Avalon, 1999 Toyota Tacoma, 2005 Buick Terraza, 2003 Buick Regal, 2002 Toyota Highlander, and 2000 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable station wagons.