Ford and Lexus drivers should pay even more attention…
All the technological advances made with keys, locks, apps, and so on might make us feel like our cars are safer when parked in our driveways or on the street.
But that’s not the case at all. The lastest Insurance Bureau of Canada report shows the opposite is true.
Today, we have more sophisticated thieves. Whether they’re robbing homes or cars, they use technology to their benefit. They easily bypass security systems.
Forget about old movies where thieves jimmied the door and hot-wired the car. That’s old school. Modern thieves can simply intercept the signal and take what they want.
When it comes to your car, truck, or SUV, they intercept the signal between it and your entry fob, if the two are close enough together.
In Canada, according to the IBC, there is a vehicle stolen every 6 minutes. This theft costs us about $1 billion each year.
The IBC Report of the 10 Most Stolen Cars in Canada
- Ford 350SD AWD 2007
- Ford 350SD AWD 2006
- Ford 350SD AWD 2005
- Ford 350SD AWD 2004
- Ford 250SD AWD 2006
- Ford 350SD AWD 2003
- Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD 2018
- Ford F250 SD 4WD 2005
- Ford F350 SD 4AWD 2002
- Honda Civic Si 2DR Coupe 1998
Why is the number 1 vehicle stolen the Ford 350?
Well, it’s a really popular vehicle in Alberta, so it’s available most of the time. And these statistics are for all of the country.
But, all vehicles are at risk of being stolen, including many SUVs that are a significant player in organized crime. The cars are stolen and sent overseas for resale.
According to Global News, the IBC claims that these international auto theft rings are all based on money laundering, drug trafficking, and terrorism.
Some SUVs that were stolen in Canada were sent overseas to ‘carry out terrorist bombings in the Middle East.’
If you think that you’re safe because your vehicle is less expensive, not so much in demand, or not on the list, you’re not. Auto theft rings sometimes need cars for their parts.
The fact is that today’s car thief is more a hacker than anything else. So, consumers have to protect themselves by educating themselves.
How to Protect Your Car From Being Stolen By Hackers
Do not leave your key-less entry fob at the front entrance of your home in a bowl or hanging off the hook in your vestibule.
The right thing to do to avoid your key-less entry fob from being intercepted by thieves is to put it in a metal box with a lid.
The IBC also suggests installing an immobilizing device to protect yourself from electronic auto theft.
These devices include disablers of the starter, fuel pump, and ignition, and wireless ignition authentication. Your car may not come with these devices, but you can do the homework and get them.
This way, thieves just can’t bypass the ignition and hot-wire the vehicle.
Install a tracking device. Not all vehicles come with it, and it won’t stop them from being stolen, but it can help recover the car.
Also, to protect yourself from identity theft in addition to having your vehicle stolen, do not keep personal information in the glove box. Keep your insurance papers and registration in your wallet only.