According to a recent report from Équité Association, a non-profit organization founded in 2021 with the goal of reducing and preventing insurance fraud and crime, the 1999 through 2006 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups jointly took the spot as the seventh most stolen vehicles in Canada in 2021, with a combined 410 units reported stolen last year. According to the report, a combined total of 71,078 units were insured during that time period, which translates into a theft percentage rate of 0.6 percent.
The Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups’ joint position on the list slots in above the 2018 through 2021 Honda Accord, with recorded 372 units stolen last year for a rate of 1.3 percent among 28,692 units insured. Slotting in above the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 was the 2011 through 2018 Ram 1500 Series, which recorded 509 units stolen last year for a rate of 0.2 percent among 295,341 units insured.
According to the report, utilities and pickups were the most common target for car thieves. At the top of the list was the 2016 through 2021 Honda CR-V, which recorded 4,117 units stolen for a rate of 1.7 percent among 236,555 units insured, followed by the 2016 through 2021 Lexus RX Series, which recorded 2,202 units stolen among 34,650 units insured for a rate of 6.4 percent. The 2015 through 2020 Ford F-150 was third on the list with 1,182 units stolen among 292,127 units insured for a rate of 0.4 percent.
According to Équité Association, car thieves exploit vehicle technology through relay attacks and by connecting to onboard diagnostic systems in order to reprogram vehicle key fobs. The report also indicates that organized crime networks are stealing vehicles in greater volume for international export, and that Montreal is one of the principle export ports for stolen vehicles.