Whether the vehicle is big or small, auto thieves in Atlantic Canada will steal them all!

​IBC releases 2016 Top 10 stolen vehicles list


DECEMBER 6, 2016 (HALIFAX) – Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) today published its annual Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles list. This year, IBC has also published a list for each one of its regional offices. Older large and small vehicles dominate the list for Atlantic Canada.

"For the second consecutive year, auto theft across Canada has ticked higher," said Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC. "After large declines in auto theft activity over the last decade, the number of stolen vehicles has gone up 6% nationally compared to last year. In Atlantic Canada, we have seen declines in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. However, incidents of theft are up a staggering 19% on Prince Edward Island. Across the region, we see that thieves do not discriminate when it comes to make, model or year. In fact, in most cases, the vehicles stolen in Atlantic Canada still had the keys inside them. 

Atlantic Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles List

This year's 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in IBC's Atlantic region are:

  1. 2004 Cadillac DeVille sedan
  2. 2012 MINI Cooper 2-door coupe
  3. 2001 Acura 1.7EL sedan
  4. 2013 Ford Mustang GT/Boss 302 2-door coupe
  5. 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 4WD pickup
  6. 2004 Nissan Maxima sedan
  7. 2002 Jeep TJ 4WD SUV
  8. 2012 Nissan Maxima sedan
  9. 2002 Ford Mustang 2-door convertible
  10. 2000 Chevrolet Impala sedan

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

Keep your vehicle safe

It pays to be vigilant about deterring car thieves. "A vehicle left running unattended is not only easy to steal, it has increased value as a stolen vehicle because it comes with the keys," Dean said.

Cars are stolen for a number of reasons. Stolen vehicles may be shipped overseas, where they are sold to consumers who don't necessarily know they are buying a stolen car; they may be scrapped for parts; or they might be used to commit another crime. In Atlantic Canada, most vehicles are stolen for their parts. Thieves will steal a vehicle, scrap it and sell the parts to unknowing consumers.

"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 Dean. 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're 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 $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.

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