TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Today Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) released its annual list of the top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada and reported on new trends in organized auto theft.
According to Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigative Services, "Organized criminals are now dismantling higher-end vehicles and exporting them in pieces instead of as whole vehicles because they are less likely to be detected." These vehicles get reassembled as far away as West Africa and then resold, he says.
Dubin believes this new creative approach is a reaction to detecting and seizing $8 million worth of stolen vehicles in 2013 by Canada Border Services Agency working in partnership with IBC investigators at the Ports of Montreal and Halifax. "It's a trend we will continue to watch."
On IBC's top 10 list, the 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2DR sits at the top for the second year in a row and high-end SUVs and Ford trucks hold most other spots.
"Thieves consistently target the Honda Civic to chop for parts. Those parts are easy to resell because there are so many Civics on the road," says Dubin.
The stolen Escalades and Ford series trucks on the list are now showing up less frequently at the ports for export, says Dubin. They are being re-identified (reVINed) and sold throughout Canada to unsuspecting consumers.
"Auto theft remains a big business for organized crime in Canada," Dubin says.
The top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles across Canada are:
- 2000 HONDA CIVIC SiR 2DR
- 2006 CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER SS 4DR 4WD SUV
- 2002 CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD SUV
- 2005 CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD SUV
- 2006 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
- 2005 CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV 4DR AWD SUV
- 2006 ACURA RSX TYPE S 2DR 2D
- 2007 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU
- 2007 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU
- 2003 ACURA RSX TYPE S 2DR 2D