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IBC releases lists of most- and least-stolen vehicles in 2006

November 21, 2006   by Canadian Underwriter

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For the second year running, the 1999 and 2000 Honda Civics SiR two-door topped the IBC’s list of the year’s most frequently stolen vehicles.
The two models also had the third- and fourth-highest theft claims cost per vehicle. The highest theft claim cost per vehicle was the third most frequently stolen vehicle, the 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX/WRX STi
4-door all-wheel-drive.
According to the IBC, the Top 10 stolen vehicles in 2006 were:
1. 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door
2. 1999 Honda Civic SiR 2-door
3. 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX/WRX STi 4-door AWD
4. 1999 Acura Integra 2-door
5. 1994 Honda Civic Si 2-door Hatchback
6. 1998 Acura Integra 2-door
7. 1993 Dodge Shadow Convertible
8. 1996 Honda Civic Si 2-door Hatchback
9. 2000 Audi TT Quattro 2-door Coupe
10. 1996 Chev/GMC Blazer/Jimmy S Series 2-door 4WD
None of the above vehicles had an IBC-approved immobilizer system.
“The stats prove time and again that theft deterrent systems work,” says Rick Dubin, vice-president, investigations. “This, year, we see that auto thieves continue to find it easier to steal older vehicles lacking an IBC-approved immobilizer. We’ve seen this trend developing for several years, and these results confirm it.”
Electronic immobilizers prevent a vehicle from starting unless the engine computer recognizes the specific electronic code embedded in the key. IBC, along with vehicle manufacturers, after-market manufacturers, and other interested stakeholders, developed a Canadian standard for automobile theft-deterrent systems that the Standards Council of Canada approved in 1998.
The IBC also published a list of the year’s least-stolen vehicles, which include:
1. (tie) 2000 Saab 9-5 4-door
1. (tie) 2002 Volvo S60 4-door AWD
1. (tie) 2002 Pontiac Bonneville 4-door
1. (tie) 1998 Lincoln Continental 4-door
1. (tie) 2001 Ford/Mercury Taurus/Sable Wagon
1. (tie) 2001 Pontiac Bonneville 4-door
1. (tie) 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette
1. (tie) 1997 Saturn SW1 Wagon
9. 1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 4-door
10. (tie) 2000 Lincoln Continental 4-door
10. (tie) 2005 Saturn Ion 4-door Sedan
10. (tie) 1996 Buick Le Sabre 4-door