Photo: Benjamin Hunting.
Like every December since 2003, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) today published its annual list of the top 10 most stolen vehicles in the country and in each Canadian province.
The statistics are wholly based on actual insurance claims data collected from nearly all automobile insurance companies in Canada.
The alarming fact is that electronic auto theft is on the rise from coast to coast as more vehicles are equipped with technology like keyless entry fobs.
As pointed out by Bryan Gast, National Director of Investigative Services at IBC, automobile theft is much more than an insurance problem; it's an expensive social menace. Each year, it costs Canadians close to $1 billion, including $542 million for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles, $250 million in police, health care and court system costs and millions more for correctional services.
In addition to the usual car theft prevention tips, the IBC recommends never leaving a keyless entry fob in a vehicle or unprotected at the front entrance of your home because thieves can use wireless transmitters to intercept the signal and gain access to the vehicle.
Another wise move is to install an immobilizing device which prevents thieves from bypassing the ignition and hot-wiring a vehicle. These can include devices that require wireless ignition authentication or starter, ignition and fuel pump disablers.
Once again, the list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada is dominated by Ford Super Duty pickups that are more than a decade old as many of them don't have ignition immobilizers.
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