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TORONTO, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - Canada's car insurers announced today
the second year running, the 1999 and 2000 Honda Civics SiR 2-door
dubious distinction of topping this year's most frequently stolen
list. The two models also had the third and fourth highest theft
per vehicle. The highest theft claim cost per vehicle "honour" went
third most frequently stolen vehicle, the 2004 Subaru Impreza
Once again, none of the vehicles making the top ten most
stolen vehicles list had an Insurance Bureau of Canada-approved
"The stats prove time and again that theft deterrent systems
year, we see that auto thieves continue to find it easier to steal
vehicles lacking an IBC-approved immobilizer," says Rick Dubin,
Vice-President, Investigations, IBC. "We've seen this trend
several years, and these results confirm it," adds Dubin.
Electronic immobilizers are systems that prevent a vehicle from
unless the engine computer recognizes the specific electronic code
the key. IBC, along with vehicle manufacturers, after-market
and other interested stakeholders, developed a Canadian standard
automobile theft-deterrent systems that was approved by the
of Canada in 1998. Many insurance companies provide premium
automobile policies to customers whose vehicles are equipped with
IBC-approved, factory-installed or aftermarket immobilizer system.
"Immobilizers are highly effective at deterring car thieves. In
this year's stats, you have to go down the list to the 28th
stolen spot to find a vehicle, the 2001 Audi S4 Quattro 4-door,
registered a high theft frequency despite the fact that it is
protected by an
immobilizer. It just underlines the reality that theft is much more
when a vehicle is not equipped with an immobilizer," Dubin adds.
reason Transport Canada has made it mandatory that all new cars,
and SUV's are required to be equipped with an electronic
immobilizer as of
In contrast, all but three of the least stolen vehicles last
models that featured IBC-approved immobilizer systems. These
best insurance bets as far as auto theft is concerned.
The first eight models shared the lowest frequency of theft
vehicle in 9th spot, had the second lowest, and the last three tied
third lowest frequency.
Data on vehicle theft frequency is based wholly on actual
claims information collected from companies that write almost 100%
automobile insurance in Canada.
This data is also found in this year's edition of IBC's How
Up, which compares the insurance claim records of the most popular
cars, passenger vans, SUVs and pickup trucks across the country.
also access information on the best and worst models according to
comprehensive and theft cost experience. This information can be
useful to consumers before they actually buy either a new or used
Cars Measure Up is designed to help consumers understand how theft,
and other claim costs affect insurance premiums. For more
IBC's web site at www.ibc.ca and click on "How Cars Measure Up"
In 2005, 160,000 vehicles were stolen in Canada. Theft of
their components) costs Canadian policyholders more than $540
in insurance premiums and more than $1 billion when other costs
ambulance, police, and court costs are included. The safety and
our communities are at risk considering that, on average, 40 people
year and 65 are seriously injured as a result of auto theft.
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national trade association of
private property and casualty insurance industry. It represents
more than 90%
of the non-government home, car and business insurance in Canada.
highly regarded as a provider of automobile insurance rating
information and a
creator of the Canadian automobile theft-deterrent standard.
For further information: or to arrange an interview with Rick
Vice President, Investigations, IBC, please contact: Ellen Woodger,
483-2358; or John Karapita, (416) 362-2031, x4351