10 Feb Is your vehicle targeted by thieves
We all know that some car models are more popular than others with thieves. Each year, a list of the most stolen vehicles in Canada is tabulated.
Here is the list of the most stolen vehicles for 2020:
2018 Honda CR-V 4DR AWD
2017 Lexus RX350/RX450h 4DR AWD
2017 Honda CR-V 4DR AWD
2018 Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD
2018 Ford F150 4WD
2019 Honda CR-V 4DR AWD
2018 Toyota Highlander 4DR AWD
2017 Toyota Highlander 4DR AWD
2019 Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD
2017 Dodge RAM 1500 4WD
Theft methods are evolving
Last year, the IBC launched a joint investigation with the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council, the Canadian Border Services Agency, and local police to crack down on an auto theft ring in Hamilton, ON. It was found that the perpetrators targeted rental vehicles by using fraudulent documents to rent automobiles, and then failing to return them. The vehicles were sold overseas.
During the pandemic, IBC added in its report that there has also been a growing trend in dangerous illegal activities such as street racing and drifting events. These events have provided an after theft market for small, and fast vehicles, the bureau warned.
When catalytic converter theft also becomes a problem
On another note, an issue that is growing in importance here and that was discussed last year in a previous post is the theft of cars’ catalytic converters, part of the emission control system.
In an article published by RPM earlier this year, it appears that since last summer, a very active group has been operating in the regions south of Montreal. These thieves particularly target Hyundai and Kia vehicles and even show up in several dealerships.
Importantly, however, theft can just as easily be done on the side of a road or directly in your driveway.
What you need to know is that the part is worth its weight in gold when resold: Between $ 2,500 and $ 4,000, depending on the vehicle.
Here are some tips to prevent the theft of your car’s catalytic converter (or your motorhome):
- If you can, opt for a closed garage or prioritize a place as bright and visible as possible.
- When the vehicle is parked on the side of a street, be as close as possible of the sidewalk so that the bottom of the car is only accessible from the side of the street, which will make the thief’s task much more difficult.
- Obviously, an anti-theft system is a must.