Blog Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles Across Canada

Jan 9, 2023

Is your car on the most stolen car list?

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Did you know vehicle theft costs Canadians about $1 billion annually? More than 200 cars are stolen daily across Canada. Around 86,132 vehicles were reported in 2018 alone, according to Statistics Canada.

Criminals target vehicles for many reasons, including :

  • To sell to unsuspecting customers. They may be given a new VIN or dismantled and sold for parts.
  • To commit another crime, such as catalytic converter theft.
  • For joyriding or to travel somewhere.
  • To sell aboard (and sold for double their original market value).

Make sure you check it before you buy a used car as older models are more likely to be a victim of theft. You'll want to make sure you are properly insured against a stolen car.

Here is the list of the top most stolen vehicles in Canada and Ontario for 2021/2022 provided by Équité Association, a Canadian non-profit organization working to combat insurance fraud.

Top 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada 2021/2022

New vehicles with keyless fobs are being targeted because thieves use radio frequency amplifiers to capture the fob signal and extend it to the vehicle. Avoid leaving keyless fobs near front doors and park in a garage when possible. With that in mind, here are the top 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada:

Make/Model Generation Number of Thefts
Honda CR-V 2016-2021 4,117
Lexus RX Series 2016-2021 2,202
Ford F150 Series 2015-2020 1,182
Honda Civic 2016-2021 768
Toyota Highlander 2013-2019 748
Ram 1500 Series 2011-2018 509
Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1999-2006 410
Honda Accord 2018-2021 372
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011-2020 346
Toyota RAV4 2013-2018 334

Top 10 stolen cars in Ontario

Ontario drivers should be cautious if they have any of these SUVs, pickups, or cars. These models are the most stolen in the province and can come with a higher price tag for car insurance in Ontario :

Make/Model Generation Number of Thefts
Lexus RX Series 2016-2021 2,083
Honda CR-V 2016-2021 1,150
Ford F150 Series 2015-2020 613
Toyota Highlander 2013-2019 575
Honda Civic 2016-2021 380
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2015-2021 264
Honda Accord 2018-2021 220
Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500 Series 1999-2006 169
RAM 1500 Series 2009-2018 147
Toyota Tacoma 2016-2021 144

Top 10 stolen cars in Alberta

You may see higher Alberta car insurance if you drive a pick-up truck, due to the high amount of theft rates. Here is an overview of the top vehicles stolen in Alberta for 2021/2022. :

Make/Model Generation Number of Thefts
Ford F350 Series 1997-2007 220
RAM 1500 Series 2009-2018 165
Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 2500 Series 1999-2006 164
Ford F150 Series 2009-2014 104
Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500 Series 1999-2006 103
Ford F150 Series 2015-2020 97
Ford F250 Series 1997-2007 84
Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500 Series 2007-2013 79
RAM 1500 Series 2019-2021 66
Dodge Journey 2009-2020 64

Top 10 stolen cars in Quebec

SUVs and sedans top the list of most stolen vehicles in Quebec. Be sure to check if your vehicle tops this list, it may impact your current rates, or future costs if you plan to buy a used vehicle.

Make/Model Generation Number of Thefts
Honda – CR-V Series 2016-2021 2,917
Ford F150 Series 2015-2020 391
Honda Civic 2016-2021 308
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011-2020 198
Honda Pilot 2016-2021 167
Toyota Highlander 2013-2019 148
Honda Accord 2018-2021 144
Toyota Tacoma 2016-2021 138
Toyota RAV4 2013-2018 128
Acura RDX 2019-2021 117

Top 10 stolen cars in Atlantic provinces

The east coast has a mix of cars and pickup trucks that are top targets for thieves. All of the Atlantic provinces have been grouped to meet the minimum data collection threshold.

Make/Model Generation Number of Thefts
Ram 1500 Series 2009-2018 39
Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500 Series 2014-2018 29
Honda Civic 2011-2015 29
Ford F150 Series 2015-2020 27
Honda Civic 2016-2021 26
Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500 Series 2007-2013 23
Chevrolet Cruze 2011-2015 18
Chrysler/Dodge Town & Country 2008-2014 17
Hyundai Elantra 2015-2019 16
Ford F150 Series 2009-2014 16

What are the most stolen vehicles in Toronto?

In 2021, According to the Toronto Police Service Public Safety Data Portal, the city saw 6,572 auto related thefts. During the 2014-2020 period, the average number of auto thefts by year was around 4,500. These higher numbers can impact Toronto car insurance costs for drivers.

Here are the top 10 most stolen vehicles in Toronto :

Vehicle 2021 Number of Thefts
Honda CR-V 654
Lexus Rx350 418
Honda Civic 260
Land Rover Range Rover 225
Toyota Highlander 200
Ford F150 176
Honda Accord 145
Toyota Corolla 123
Toyota Rav4 70
Hyundai Elantra 62

Why are these models at the highest risk?

Vehicles that are easier to steal are the most common targets. One of the main reasons these vehicles are highly vulnerable is that they don't have an ignition immobilizer. This advanced anti-theft device can prevent hot-wiring; without it, it's easier for them to gain access and control of your car.

How to reduce the chance of your vehicle being stolen

In Canada, every three minutes a vehicle is involved in theft, according to the IBC. Lower the risk of having your vehicle stolen with these six tips :

  1. Your vehicle will be more difficult to tow away if the emergency brake is engaged and your wheels are turned to the side.
  2. Roll up your windows, lock the doors and do not leave a spare key in the vehicle.
  3. Park in your garage or underground parking if possible.
  4. Always park in well-lit locations.
  5. Never leave valuables such as personal belongings, packages, or shopping bags in plain view.
  6. Do not leave your car running without someone in it.

It only takes 30 seconds for a professional thief to steal your vehicle. By following these tips, you can lower the chances of being a victim of theft. It is also recommended to consider anti-theft devices, which can qualify you for insurance discounts.

Most Stolen Cars FAQs

The most stolen vehicle is the four-door 2018 Honda CRV. The Ford F Series pickup line is the second highest on the most stolen lists, notably in Ontario and Alberta, which can result in higher auto insurance. A number of the different pickup models regularly appear on the list.

It’s estimated about one-sixth of lost vehicles are never recovered. Many of these vehicles are shipped overseas or sent to chop shops to be dismantled for parts.

While most would assume Toronto is at the top of the list, it’s not even at the top for Ontario. Brantford has the distinction of having the highest theft rate in the province. Fort McMurray, Alberta is rated as the city with the highest rate of theft. Other cities that appear in the top 10 include Surrey and Kelowna in BC, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon.

The least stolen vehicles have the most safety measures. They have alarms and are parked in a garage. BMW Series 3, Tesla, and Subaru models are known for being some of the least likely victims.

Don't let your vehicle be a victim of theft

You can reduce the risk by taking steps to prevent your vehicle from being stolen. Install an alarm, park in the garage, and always lock your doors. If you own an automobile that is often a target for theft, it will affect your auto insurance quote in Canada. Make sure you have car theft included in your policy. If you have any questions, give us a call.