Which Vehicles are the Most Common Target for Thieves?

Did you know that certain vehicles are more commonly targeted for theft than others? To find out if your car is a potential target, check out this list of last year’s most commonly stolen vehicles and what you can do to protect yours.

The Most Stolen Vehicles In 2017

Coming in at number one as the most stolen vehicle in 2017, was the 2015 Lexus GX 460 4DR AWD SUV. There isn’t much surprise here, as the Lexus is a very luxurious car. But believe it or not, the rest of the list is likely not what you would expect, with the Ford F350 SD 4WD PU being the most frequently stolen vehicle in Canada. It’s featured a whopping 7 times on the list, alongside the Toyota 4 Runner and Ford 250. To see how the list pans out, here are the remaining nine most stolen vehicles in 2017:

  1. 2007 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU

  2. 2006 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU

  3. 2005 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU

  4. 2001 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU

  5. 2003 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU

  6. 2004 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU

  7. 2016 Toyota 4Runner 4D 4WD SUV

  8. 2002 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU

  9. 2006 Ford F250 SD 4WD PU

Even if your vehicle didn’t make the top ten list, it doesn’t mean that your car isn’t susceptible to theft. By taking some cautionary steps, you can help reduce the likelihood of having someone accessing your vehicle.

Secure Your Vehicle

Whenever you exit your car, make sure to always close and lock the windows, sunroof, and doors. You should also do a brief circle check to ensure that there aren’t any windows that are slightly open. And never leave your car running, even if you have to head back inside the house for a minute. Leaving your car idling without someone in it provides an easy target for thieves.

Park In Protected Areas

To prevent theft, it’s wise to park in well-lit areas and near security cameras whenever you’re in parking lots. This will deter thieves from choosing your car and will also be safer for you whenever you’re alone.

Remove any Valuables

Most cars get broken into because they have valuables in plain sight. So instead of leaving your laptop, sports equipment, or briefcase on the seat, bring it inside with you.

Install an Anti-Theft Device

Even if your car didn’t come equipped with a built-in security system, you could easily have one installed at an affordable price. Not only will you benefit from reduced insurance premiums for having an anti-theft device, but you can also deter thieves.

Purchase an Auto Recovery Tool

There are also a number of systems designed by car manufacturers to help recover your car if it’s stolen. With the use of GPS tracking technology, the system can quickly locate your vehicle and send the information to the authorities.

Purchase Insurance

Whether or not your vehicle is on this list, you need to protect your car with insurance. Complete coverage can help recover the costs of replacing a stolen vehicle.

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