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Honda, Lexus top list of most stolen cars in 2020: IBC

Last Updated Dec 2, 2020 at 5:01 pm EST

The IBC says thieves have been able to capture radio signals from a key fob through advanced technology. Tabea Damm

Honda and Lexus car owners felt the pain of auto theft the most in 2020 as the high-end SUVs were targeted the most by thieves across Canada.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada reports that the 2018 Honda CR-V SUV is the most stolen vehicle across the country so far, in 2020.

2020 List of Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in Canada
  • 2018 HONDA CR-V 4DR AWD SUV
  • 2017 LEXUS RX350/RX450h 4DR AWD SUV
  • 2017 HONDA CR-V 4DR AWD SUV
  • 2018 LEXUS RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD SUV
  • 2018 FORD F150 4WD PU
  • 2019 HONDA CR-V 4DR AWD SUV
  • 2018 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 4DR 4WD SUV
  • 2017 TOYOTA  HIGHLANDER 4DR 4WD SUV
  • 2019 LEXUS RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD SUV
  • 2017 DODGE RAM 1500 4WD PU

 

Car thieves in Ontario seem to prefer Honda and Lexus models as three different types of cars and SUVs appear on the list.

According to the report, in Ontario, some were stolen for export by organized crime groups, while others have been identified in street racing rings. The IBC goes on to say that in Hamilton high-end vehicles were being stolen and “chopped” for parts that thieves sold on the black market.

“Thieves have many motives. This year’s top 10 list confirms some key trends in auto theft that we are now seeing. Regardless of how a vehicle is stolen, auto theft is a serious threat to public safety and continues to cost all Canadians,” said Bryan Gast, National Director, Investigative Services, IBC.

The IBC said electronic auto theft is on the rise in Canada as more vehicles are equipped with advanced technology, such as keyless entry remotes.

“Many high-end SUVs continue to be stolen for export,” the IBC added.

Auto thefts cost Canadians up to $1 billion each year.