Thieves target For F-series but Lexus tops IBC most stole vehicle list

Published: December 5, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Ford F-series Super Duty trucks are among the most popular vehicles in Canada for consumers. However, they are also extremely popular for thieves, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) 2017 list of Top 10 stolen vehicles.

IBC says the F-series Super Duty presents an enticing options for thieves wanting to joyride, or those planning other organized crimes. Parts also sell well on the black market.

“The reason why you see so many F-150s get stolen is because they fit both spectrums of criminality [i.e. opportunistic and organized crime],” says Dan Service, acting national director of IBC’s investigative services. “You’ve got the opportunistic thief who wants to steal them because they are good for B&E [break and entry] and they are hard to stop if you get in a car chase. But you have also got a huge market for parts for them because they are so popular.”

However, the F-Series Super Duty is not Canada’s most stolen vehicle in terms of percentage. That unwanted tag goes to the Lexus GX460 4-Door AWD SUV, although its position at the top of the list is caused by a statistical anomaly.

There were 27 Lexus GX460 vehicles stolen in Canada. However, only 483 models were sold in 2015, so the percentage is skewed and results in the vehicle topping the IBC list. Really, it is clear the Ford F-series vehicles are the most stolen, with eight different models appearing in the top 10. Although, it is worth noting these are also among the most sold vehicles in Canada.

Statistics Canada points out overall motor vehicle theft declined in cities across the country. The organization says between 2015 and 2016 vehicle theft across the country declined slightly to 78,000.