Toronto, Ontario – The 2000 Honda Civic SiR is the most-stolen vehicle in Canada, according to the annual list released by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). The bureau said that the appearance of high-end models like the Cadillac Escalade on the list reflects the increasing involvement of organized crime in auto theft.

The top ten stolen vehicles are:

1. 2000 Honda Civic SiR
2. 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV
3. 1999 Honda Civic SiR
4. 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS
5. 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT
6. 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV
7. 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
8. 2000 Audi S4 Quattro
9. 2006 Hummer H2
10. 2005 Cadillac Escalade

“We’re seeing two very different forms of auto theft,” said Rick Dubin, vice-president of investigations at IBC. “One type of thief is just looking for a car that’s easy to steal, with no approved anti-theft electronic immobilizer, which can be used for transportation, stripped for parts, or used to commit other crimes. The other type of thief goes after newer, high-end vehicles. Although these are harder to steal, sophisticated crime rings can make a strong profit by shipping them overseas, chopping them for parts, or changing their vehicle identification numbers and selling them to unsuspecting consumers.”

The IBC said that although many high-end four-wheel drive vehicles like the BMW X6, Toyota RAV4 and Lexus RX350 don’t appear in the top ten, thieves are stealing them in greater numbers than ever before, due to demand in Ghana, Nigeria, Dubai, Lebanon, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Organized criminals are shipping the vehicles overseas and, as a result, the recovery rate for stolen vehicles in Canada continues to decline, even though there are fewer thefts in total.

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