Toronto, Ontario – The Toyota Venza is the most frequently-stolen vehicle in Canada, edging out the Honda Civic SiR that topped the list last year, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).

The Bureau released its list of the ten most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada, many of which are showing up in local markets and are often resold to unsuspecting customers, and are not necessarily being exported out of Canada.

The top ten are:

2009 Toyota Venza
1999 Honda Civic SiR
2000 Honda Civic Sir
2006 Ford F-350 4×4
2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT AWD
2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS 4WD
2007 Ford F-350 4×4
2001 Pontiac Aztek AWD
1998 Acura Integra
1999 Acura Integra

“Consumers need to be aware when they’re in the market for used vehicles or parts,” said Rick Dubin, vice-president of IBC’s investigative services. “Those luxury high-end vehicles may be hotter than you think. We’re doing a good job of stopping stolen vehicles at the ports. Our data indicate that we are not seeing many of these vehicles there. We have to conclude that stolen vehicles are being resold locally. But because the stolen vehicles are in these local markets, buyers need to be careful.”

To help avoid purchasing a stolen vehicle, consumers should buy cars from a reputable dealer, and running a car history report helps to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of auto theft.

Dubin said that while the approximately 93,000 vehicles stolen in Canada in 2010 represents a drop of 15 per cent from 2009. “The bad news is that recovery rates for stolen vehicles are continuing to decline,” he added. “That supports the notion of the involvement of organized crime.”

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