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Auto theft rates unchanged in Alberta: IBC releases 2017 Top 10 Stolen Vehicles List

​DECEMBER 5, 2017 (EDMONTON) – Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) today published its annual list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles in Canada. Once again, older Ford trucks are the most commonly stolen vehicles in Alberta.

"While auto theft activity largely remained unchanged in Alberta, with over 22,000 cases this province continues to have the most instances of auto theft compared to other parts of Canada. Almost 30% of all stolen vehicles in Canada are stolen in Alberta," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western, IBC. "Thieves continue to target large pickup trucks. Stolen vehicles that are not recovered may be scrapped for parts, or might be sent to overseas markets."

Alberta Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles List

This year's 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Alberta are:

  1. 2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  2. 2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  3. 2007 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  4. 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  5. 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  6. 2001 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  7. 2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  8. 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
  9. 2000 Honda Civic 2-door Hatchback
  10. 2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Pickup

According to Statistics Canada, auto theft in Edmonton was up 10% while Calgary reported no change. In Alberta, the rate of recovery for stolen vehicles increased to 85%, up 2 per cent from last year.

For more information on the Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles in other regions, visit IBC's National, Ontario and Quebec websites

Keep your vehicle safe

Cars are stolen for a number of reasons. Stolen vehicles may be shipped overseas, where they are sold to consumers who don't know they are buying a stolen car; they may be scrapped for parts; or they might be used to commit another crime. In Western Canada, many vehicles are stolen by thieves with the purpose of committing auto insurance fraud.

"If you have gone to the trouble of buying a car that has a theft deterrent system that makes stealing it tougher, don't make it easy for thieves by leaving the keys in the car," added Adams.

IBC reminds you that it takes less than a minute for a car thief to steal your vehicle. Protect your vehicle by following these tips:

  • Never leave your vehicle running when unattended.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • When parking your car, always close the windows and lock the doors.
  • Put valuables and packages in the trunk, where they are out of sight.
  • Keep your car in the garage at night.
  • Don't leave personal information in the glove box. Take your insurance and ownership documents with you when you park your vehicle.

Report the crime

To report an insurance crime, call your local police, IBC at 1-877-IBC-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 1‑800-222-TIPS. For more information about auto theft, visit www.ibc.ca.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $9 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $52 billion.

For media releases and more information, visit IBC's Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau and @IBC_West, and like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.