November 14, 2022 (TORONTO) – The metropolitan areas of Toronto and Montreal are rich hunting grounds for organized auto theft crime rings that funnel stolen vehicles overseas to sell for profit. Each year, Équité Association releases its list of the Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles across the country. With Canada becoming a source country for the lucrative export trade in stolen vehicles, the Honda CR-V tops this year’s list.
Équité’s latest analysis highlights the following trends in vehicle thefts: all high-end vehicles, regardless of manufacturer, are targets, including pick-up trucks, SUVs, and luxury cars. Thieves continue to exploit technology through relay attacks and connecting to the on-board diagnostic port, which enables them to reprogram key fobs; and organized crime networks are stealing vehicles in greater volume for export internationally, with Montreal being the principal exit port for stolen vehicles.
“Not only does auto theft cost Canadians millions of dollars each year, the proceeds of this illegal activity also fund organized crime and terrorism, both domestically and internationally,” says Bryan Gast, Vice President, Investigative Services, Équité Association. “Canadian property and casualty insurers are invested in finding solutions to the complex problem of auto theft and in helping to create safer communities for all Canadians. Équité Association is member funded and supported, which demonstrates the insurance industry’s commitment to tackling fraud and crime through partnerships, collaboration, and best-in-class data and analytics.”
New to this year’s list, Équité Association has released the number of vehicles insured, the number of thefts by vehicle model generation(years), and the rate at which they are stolen. While the Honda CR-V was Canada’s most stolen vehicle (with 4,117 thefts), the Lexus RX series had a higher theft percentage (6.4%) rate.
Not only is auto theft costly, it places a burden on our criminal justice system and creates undue personal and financial hardship for Canadians who have been a victim of this type of crime. Équité was established by the P&C insurance industry with a vision to be world class at reducing and preventing insurance crime and its impacts on honest, hardworking Canadians.
List of Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in Canada
Regional insights follow immediately after the table.
*Contains data licensed by the Insurance Bureau of Canada
*Similar to previous years, all Top 10 lists are compiled using data from the year before
Regional Top 10 Lists
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About Équité Association
As a not-for-profit, national organization, Équité Association supports Canadian insurers to fight fraud by using advanced analytics, intelligence best practices, and coordinated investigations. Combining expert investigative services and advanced analytics, Équité serves as a unified organization, delivering improved service and fraud analytics for vehicle, property, and cargo recovery. Leveraging relationships with law enforcement, partners and industry organizations, Équité serves as a centre point for insurance crime across all insurers, and is protecting Canadians by working to eradicate insurance fraud and crime. Équité, is invested in diminishing crime in Canada, and protecting all Canadians against exploitation.
Learn more about Équité Association at https://www.equiteassociation.com/.
Emily Yu, Director, Communications, Équité Association firstname.lastname@example.org.