[Auto] The Atlantic provinces have the least car thefts in Canada

...the Chevrolet Silverado was the most stolen model

$1000000000

… the total cost of car thefts across Canada in 2021.

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1 car is stolen every 7 minutes in Canada (credit: Pixabay)

Key numbers regarding car theft in the Atlantic provinces and in Canada for 2021

Car theft costs Canadians $1 billion each year. Below are key figures on this phenomenon which, unfortunately, is not decreasing:

760
car theft claims

...reported by insurers in 2021 across the Atlantic provinces

1 car stolen
every 7 minutes


... across Canada in 2021

$542 million 
the annual cost of theft

...to car insurance companies in Canada

This data is based on car thefts claims registered by private car insurance companies. It does not include other motor vehicle than cars. It may therefore be different from other car thefts data from governmental sources.


The Atlantic provinces 2021 top 10 stolen cars ranking: trucks are popular among thieves

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chevrolet silverado

Chevrolet Silverado 2018
GMC Sierra 2018

Trucks seem to be quite popular among thieves in the Atlantic provinces. That what indicates the ranking of the most stolen car in 2021 in this area: among the top 4, we find 3 truck models : Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra (1st), Ford F-150, F-250, F-350 and F-450 (3rd) and Dodge / Ram 1500, 2500, 3500.

RankBrandModelYearCar type
1Chevrolet / GMCSilverado / Sierra2018Truck
2HondaCivic2012Sedan
3FordF-150, F-250, F-350, F-4502018Truck
4Dodge / Ram1500, 2500, 35002017Truck
5HyundaiElantra2013SUV
6ToyotaCorolla2016Sedan
7ChevroletCruze2014Sedan
8Ford/LincolnMKC, Corsair, Escape2014SUV
9Chrysler / DodgeGrand Caravan, Caravan, Voyager, Town & Country2016Van
10HondaCR-V2019SUV
The 2021 top 10 ranking of the most stolen cars in the Atlantic provinces (sources: Equité association, IBC)

Surprisingly, the most stolen car models are not so recent in the Atlantic provinces. For example, the second most stolen model is a Honda Civid from 2021, and the fifth a Hyundai Elantra from 2013. This is different from the rest of Canada, where most stolen cars are from 2016 to 2019 on average.

In 2021 36.2% of stolen cars in the Atlantic provinces were sedans

The last few years have seen a major trend in the automotive industry: the emerging population of SUVs (sport utility vehicle), which have won over millions of Canadian consumers. However, in the Atlantic provinces, sedans are still the most attractive vehicles to thieves, with 36.2% stolen cars being sedans (around 275 thefts) in 2021.

Then we find :

  • Trucks: 32.9% (around 250)
  • SUVs: 28.9% (around 220)
  • Vans: 2%.

Source: Equité association, IBC

Atlantic provinces the least negatively area in Canada, Alberta the worst

To have the most impartial view possible when comparing car thefts by province, it is necessary to relate the actual number of thefts to the population of each territory. Here is what the numbers show:

  • With only 3.2 stolen cars pert 10,000 inhabitants, Atlantic provinces are the area where the car thefts index is the lowest in Canada
  • With 7.3 stolen cars per 10,000 inhabitants, Ontario is more negatively affected than Quebec (5.9)
  • With an index of 13.1 stolen cars per 10,000 inhabitants, Alberta remains the most affected province in Canada - with an index more than twice that of Quebec.

Sources: IBC, Equité association

Car thefts cost insurance companies $542 million in 2021 across Canada

Out of the $1 billion cost of auto theft in 2021 across Canada, 54.2% was paid directly by auto insurance companies. Their claims payoffs were a total of $542 million. The remainder of the $1 billion cost includes:

  • Police services
  • Prison and justice services
  • Health care for victims

Source: IBC

Our methodolgy

This study is based on information from public sources, including: the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), Equité Association, the GAA and Statistics Canada.

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