Auto theft was up six per cent in Canada in 2015 and four-wheel drive Ford pickups were the most stolen vehicle in the country, according to numbers released by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) Tuesday.
The bureau said their numbers are based on a calendar year and always lag by about 11 months.
Thieves took 78,849 vehicles across Canada last year.
Ford trucks and high-priced SUVs populate the list of most frequently stolen vehicles in 2015:
- 2007 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2015 Toyota 4Runner 4-door 4WD SUV
- 2003 Cadillac Escalade 4-door 4WD SUV
- 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Pickup
- 2010 Acura ZDX 4-door AWD SUV
The number of stolen vehicles rose for the second consecutive year after a decade of declines in what IBC calls “auto theft activity,” defined as a combination of auto theft and theft from vehicles.
The biggest increases were in Alberta, where the number of stolen vehicles was up 32 per cent, and on Prince Edward Island, where it was up 19 per cent.
This year, IBC broke down auto theft statistics for its regional offices across Canada.
For the 10 most frequently stolen vehicles by regions, visit IBC pages for Ontario, Atlantic, and Western and Pacific.