These are the top 10 stolen vehicles in Atlantic Canada in 2019

Car thieves using their own technology to bypass anti-theft safeguards

The excerpted article was written by  | The Chronicle Herald

Stolen car numbers dropped in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador in 2018, but were up in the other Atlantic Canadian provinces.

Nova Scotia’s number was down four per cent from 2017, while Newfoundland and Labrador dropped one per cent. New Brunswick was up seven per cent and Prince Edward Island numbers increased 69 per cent.

The island’s figure shows a statistical anomaly based on the low overall numbers of stolen cars to begin with, said Bryan Gast of the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

On Tuesday, the bureau released its annual list of top stolen vehicles in the country. And while eight of the top 10 countrywide are Ford trucks that predate 2007 and mandatory ignition immobilizers, the Atlantic Canadian list has some newer, higher-end vehicles.

There are only two Fords on the list in the Atlantic region.

Tops on the list are the 2007 Suburbans and Yukon Xls. There are also BMW, Lexus and Infiniti models, the 2014 Dodge Charger and a Mitsubishi.

But while older vehicles have dominated the national list in recent years, thieves are using technology to get around some of the safeguards in newer cars.

“Technology is starting to sneak into the equation,” said Gast, the insurance bureau’s national director of investigative services.

He said stolen car numbers started to drop a decade ago after the ignition immobilizers, which prevent vehicles from being hot-wired, became mandatory.

But now thieves are looking for new ways to steal the vehicles, and that’s by bypassing the systems.

Gast said there are probably a smaller number of thieves who have that ability, “but they’re after the higher-end vehicles. Those are the ones being facilitated by organized crime and being shipped overseas for significant profit margins. It’s double what they could be sold for here.”

He said thieves are cloning keyless entry fobs by stealing their signal, either from homes or in public areas.

They have devices that can intercept the signal from a key fob even if the keys are inside a house near the front door, and then make a fob clone.

“They can take your car without actually entering your home to steal your keys,” Gast said.

He said the same thing can happen in parking lots if drivers double-check to see if their car is locked by pressing the lock button.

“That opens you up to having the signal intercepted,” Gast said. “Once you’re in the mall or out of sight they’ll drive off with your vehicle.”

He said people steal vehicles to either commit another crime or for parts, to joyride, or to ship overseas. The last category is where most of the high-end vehicles land.

There was a 1.9 per cent increase in the number of stolen vehicles across the country, with Ontario up 17 per cent, Gast said the national numbers represent 1,017 more vehicles stolen in 2018 than in the previous year, with the number reaching 86,132. That’s still 39 per cent lower than what it was a decade ago.

The bureau said auto theft costs Canadians about to $1 billion every year. This includes $542 million for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles, $250 million in police, health care and court system costs and millions more for correctional services.

Gast said car owners should avoid leaving a keyless entry fob in a vehicle or near the front door of their home, and should put them in a container or bag designed to block the signal.

Other tips are to install a tracking device that emits a signal to police or a monitoring station, never leaving a vehicle running when unattended, parking in a well lit area and using a steering wheel or brake pedal lock.

The Top 10

  1. 2007 Chevrolet/GMC Suburban/Yukon XL 1500 4DR 4WD
  2. 2015 Ford F350 SD 4WD
  3. 2008 BMW 328/335 4DR AWD
  4. 2011 Mitsubishi RVR 4DR 2WD
  5. 2014 Dodge Charger 4DR
  6. 2004 Ford F250 SD 4WD
  7. 2010 Kia Sportage 4DR 2WD
  8. 2011 Nissan XTerra 4DR 4WD
  9. 2014 Lexus IS 250/IS 350 4DR AWD
  10. 2014 Infiniti QX60 4DR AWD

Tech-savvy Thieves Don’t Need Your Keys

Insurance Bureau of Canada releases its 2019 Top 10 Stolen Vehicles list –

TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2019 /CNW/ – While the technology in our vehicles continues to evolve, so do sophisticated auto thieves who are using technology to bypass security systems and electronically gain access to Canadians’ vehicles. Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is finding that technology is having a major impact on vehicle thefts, evident in its annual list, released today, of Canada’s most frequently stolen vehicles.

“Electronic auto theft is on the rise across the country as more vehicles are equipped with technology like keyless entry fobs,” said Bryan Gast, National Director of Investigative Services, IBC. “Regardless of how a vehicle is stolen, auto theft is a serious threat to Public Safety and continues to cost all Canadians.”

Auto theft is big business in Canada

Auto theft costs Canadians close to $1 billion every year. This includes $542 million for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles, $250 million in police, health care and court system costs and millions more for correctional services.

While some vehicles are stolen to commit another crime or to be used to go for a “joyride”, many others are stolen by organized crime groups to be sold to unsuspecting consumers in Canada, shipped abroad or stripped down for parts.

2019 Top 10 Stolen Vehicles

IBC’s Top 10 Stolen Vehicles list is compiled using data from IBC’s member companies across the country. This year’s list includes nine vehicles that don’t have ignition immobilizers, which are devices that can prevent thieves from hot-wiring a vehicle. The lack of an ignition immobilizer is the number one reason this series of Ford trucks continues to take up the majority of spots on the list.

  1. Ford 350SD AWD 2007
  2. Ford 350SD AWD 2006
  3. Ford 350SD AWD 2005
  4. Ford 350SD AWD 2004
  5. Ford 250SD AWD 2006
  6. Ford 350SD AWD 2003
  7. Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD 2018
  8. Ford F250 SD 4WD 2005
  9. Ford F350 SD 4AWD 2002
  10. Honda Civic Si 2DR Coupe 1998

Tips to prevent auto theft  

Even with today’s tech-savvy thieves, there are a number of steps Canadians can take to help protect themselves from becoming a victim of auto theft.

  • Don’t leave a keyless entry fob in a vehicle or unprotected at the front entrance of your home. Thieves can use wireless transmitters to intercept the signal, giving them access to the vehicle. Consider storing fobs in a protective box or bag that blocks the signal.
  • Install an immobilizing device which prevents thieves from bypassing the ignition and hot-wiring a vehicle. This can include devices that require wireless ignition authentication or starter, ignition and fuel pump disablers.
  • Install a tracking device that emits a signal to police or a monitoring station if a vehicle is stolen.
  • Don’t make your vehicle an easy target:
    • Never leave a vehicle running when unattended.
    • Lock the doors and close all windows when parked.
    • Make sure to park in well-lit areas or in the garage.
    • Use a visible or audible device that shows thieves a vehicle is protected.
    • Consider using a deterrent like a steering wheel or brake pedal lock.
    • Don’t leave personal information, like insurance and ownership documents, in the glove box when parked.

Interviews

IBC’s National Director of Investigative Services, Bryan Gast, is available for interviews and commentary on the list and how technology is changing how thieves steal vehicles in Canada. Mr. Gast comes to IBC after years of law enforcement service in Ontario.

Background

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 128,000 Canadians, contributes $9.4 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $59.6 billion.

For media releases and more information, visit IBC’s Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow us on Twitter @InsuranceBureau or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

The most stolen vehicle models in Manitoba

WINNIPEG | CTV News

WINNIPEG — Vehicle theft may seem like a random act of crime, but the vehicle you drive can play a big part in the likelihood of it being stolen.

According to Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), here are the most stolen cars in the province:

  1. Ford F150 (9.0 per cent of thefts)
  2. Chevrolet Silverado (5.0 per cent of thefts)
  3. GMC Sierra (4.7 per cent of thefts)
  4. Dodge Ram (4.4 per cent of thefts)
  5. Dodge Grand Caravan (4.1 per cent of thefts)

Four of the top five vehicles stolen in Manitoba are trucks.

HOW TO STOP YOUR CAR FROM BEING STOLEN

It’s a cold morning in Manitoba; you run outside and start your car to warm it up. When you go back outside to leave for work, you see your car is missing.

It’s one of the most common scenarios where vehicle thieves steal cars according to MPI.

The insurance company estimates 90 per cent of car thefts are related to the use of keys. IE: Keys left in the ignition/hidden in the vehicle, or stolen from the owner.

Ninety-nine per cent of vehicles in Manitoba are equipped with an approved immobilizer, but the immobilizer is disengaged upon the use of keys, or key fobs.

The message: protect your keys.

THE IMPACT ON YOUR WALLET

The Insurance Bureau of Canada says car theft costs Canadians close to $1 billion annually.

Every year, insurance companies shell out over $540 million to replace or fix stolen vehicles.

Police, healthcare and court system costs tally $250 million.

More important to the average driver, there’s also the increased cost of insurance for owning one of the cars on the list.

 

OACP team up with IBC & Accident Support Services International to stop thefts & valuables left in plain view

HAMILTON, ON, Dec. 4, 2019 /CNW/ – Ontario’s police leaders are teaming up with the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and Accident Support Services International to warn motorists to Lock it OR Lose it when it comes to securing their vehicles and valuables this holiday season.

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) has launched its annual Lock It OR Lose It campaign, which encourages drivers and passengers to take precautions to protect their vehicles and contents from theft, particularly during the holiday season. The campaign was kicked off at the Lime Ridge Mall in Hamilton.

“The holiday season should be about spending time with our families and friends. Our message is simple: don’t let would-be thieves play the role of Bad Santa by stealing your vehicle or valuables left unsecured. Keep things such as GPS and mobile devices, laptops, shopping bags, money, and credit cards out-of-sight as a way in deter criminal activities.” said OACP President Chief Paul Pedersen.

This year’s Lock it OR Lose it campaign is being launched during the holiday season because it’s easy for people to be distracted and leave their vehicles unlocked or valuables in plain sight during the festive hustle-and-bustle. Police will use Lock it OR Lose it notices throughout the year as part of on-going crime prevention efforts.

“About 236 motor vehicles are stolen in Canada every day. That’s 86,132 incidents per year. In Ontario alone, almost 24,000 vehicles were reported stolen,” Bryan Gast, the IBC’s National Director, Investigative Services. “Although we’ve seen increases in recent years, the rate of motor vehicle theft in Canada last year was 38% lower than in 2008. But it doesn’t mean we can drop our guard. In fact, we need to be more vigilant than ever.”

According to Gast, today’s auto thieves are turning to technology – and vehicles’ electronic systems – to bypass security systems and steal vehicles. Electronic auto theft is on the rise as more vehicles are equipped with technology such as keyless entry fobs. In fact, the insurance industry has seen the growing trend that thieves are able to copy FOB information and steal cars right from your driveway.

During local Lock it OR Lose it outreach initiatives by police services throughout the year, police officers, auxiliary officers, and crime prevention personnel examine parked vehicles to confirm they are locked and that no valuables are left in plain view. A small notice is placed on vehicles checked – not just ones that are found unsecured – advising what safety precautions may have been neglected and offering simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. The notices congratulate drivers who have secured their vehicle.

Motorists are urged not to keep personal documents such as vehicle ownership, liability pink slips, credit card invoices or other documents containing personal information in their vehicles. Identity thieves are looking for such documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export, and even take out a mortgage against victims’ properties without their knowledge.

#LockItOrLoseIt

The Lock it OR Lose it Campaign is supported by a number of OACP partners:

Accident Support Services International

arrive alive/DRIVE SOBER

Insurance Bureau of Canada

The OACP also supports arrive alive/Drive Safe’s  #HolidayRide Campaign http://www.arrivealive.org/

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

www.ibc.ca

These are the 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada

These are the 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada

Jackie Dunham | CTVNews.ca 

TORONTO — Owners of Ford F-series pickup trucks should take extra care to lock their vehicles because it appears they’re a primary target for thieves.

Once again, Ford F250 and F350 trucks from the 2000s topped the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s annual ranking of the most stolen vehicles in Canada. In 2019, Ford pickup trucks took up eight of the top 10 spots on the list with the 2007 Ford F-350 claiming the unenviable title of most stolen vehicle for the year.

It’s unsurprising news for anyone who has been following the IBC’s annual ranking, which is based on insurance claims data collected from “nearly all” automobile insurance companies in Canada. Ford pickup trucks have consistently dominated the list since it began in 2003.

According to the IBC, Ford pickup trucks are prime targets because they lack ignition immobilizers, which are devices that can prevent thieves from hot-wiring them.

“The lack of an ignition immobilizer is the number one reason this series of Ford trucks continues to take up the majority of spots on the list,” the association said in a press release Tuesday.

Interestingly, the Ford pickup trucks featured on the list were earlier models from before 2008 when new safety technology was installed in the vehicles.

As some of the most popular vehicles on the road, the prevalence of Ford pickup trucks in Canada, particularly in provinces such as Alberta, also contributed to the high rate of theft.

THE TOP 10 MOST STOLEN VEHICLES IN CANADA IN 2019

  • Ford 350SD AWD 2007
  • Ford 350SD AWD 2006
  • Ford 350SD AWD 2005
  • Ford 350SD AWD 2004
  • Ford 250SD AWD 2006
  • Ford 350SD AWD 2003
  • Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD 2018
  • Ford F250 SD 4WD 2005
  • Ford F350 SD 4AWD 2002
  • Honda Civic Si 2DR Coupe 1998

With auto thefts costing Canadians close to $1 billion each year, the IBC warns that thieves are becoming more sophisticated and using new technology to bypass security systems and electronically gain access to vehicles.

According to the bureau’s findings, technology had a “major impact” on vehicle thefts in 2019.

“Electronic auto theft is on the rise across the country as more vehicles are equipped with technology like keyless entry fobs,” said Bryan Gast, the national director of investigative services at IBC.

The IBC said thieves can use wireless transmitters to intercept the signal from keyless entry fobs and open a locked vehicle’s door.

TIPS TO PREVENT VEHICLE FRAUD

To protect your vehicle, the IBC advises owners to avoid leaving their keyless entry fob in a vehicle or in an unprotected area near the entrance of your home.

If you want to leave your fob near the front door, the IBC said to place it in a protective box or bag that blocks the signal instead of in an exposed bowl or on a hallway table.

Additionally, if your vehicle isn’t already equipped with one, consider installing an immobilizing device to prevent thieves from hot-wiring it.

The IBC said Canadians should install a tracking device in their vehicles that can emit a signal to police or a monitoring station if a theft occurs.

OTHER TIPS

  • Don’t leave the vehicle running while it’s unattended
  • Lock the doors and close all windows when it’s parked
  • Make sure to park in well-lit areas or in a garage
  • Use a visible or audio device to alert potential thieves that the vehicle is protected
  • Consider using a steering wheel or brake pedal lock as a deterrent
  • Avoid leaving personal information, such as insurance or ownership details, in the glove box when the vehicle is left alone

Canada: What To Know About Left-Turn Accidents

Article by Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers

What to know about left-turn accidents

Traffic accidents always come down to a blame game and the person making the left turn is often in the wrong. About half of all crashes at Canadian intersections involved a vehicle that was turning left, according to a 2007 joint study by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

With so many claims stemming from those incidents, the Insurance Bureau of Canada considers all left turns into traffic that lead to an accident, as against insurance company policy.

Before trying to beat the light and making an ill-advised left turn, here are some things drivers should consider:

Different types of insurance

Insurance companies always deem someone at fault in cases of accidents. The fault could be partial or full depending on the circumstances. Individuals deal with their own insurance companies, regardless of who caused the accident. No-fault insurance allows a person to receive part or full coverage by their company regardless of who caused the accident. They can receive medical and other benefits without having to track down the other driver and take them to court. They are also eligible even if they are deemed to have caused the accident.

Proving who’s at fault

Insurance companies determine fault by analyzing accident reports. Therefore, if the other driver committed a traffic violation as well, such as speeding or running a red light, there is room for adjustment. Adjusters can “split the fault” in these situations, instead of the full liability for the driver turning left.

As a driver, proving what happened at the time of the accident is crucial in determining your eligibility for an insurance claim. First-hand witness accounts are helpful in constructing the scene before and after the accident.

An impartial witness is ideal to corroborate your story, especially if you claim that the other driver was at fault.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

Source: Mondaq

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