Ford Super Duty Dominates Canada’s Most-Stolen List
Being popular has a price, as thieves are increasingly gravitating toward high-dollar, four-wheel drive trucks. Here’s how to keep your ride safe.
One of the unfortunate byproducts of owning America’s best-selling vehicle is that your Ford truck is just as popular among thieves as it is among honest citizens. The rise of expensive technological features, the high price of replacement parts, and demand for four-wheel drive vehicles has made high-end trucks the apple of every car thieve’s eye. This is especially true north of the border, where the Ford Super Duty holds 8 of the top 10 spots on the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) most-stolen list.
Of those eight, seven are four-wheel drive F-350 models, consisting of model years 2001-2007. They’re joined by the 2006 F-250, also in four-wheel drive. The first question you might ask is, why aren’t there any newer trucks on the list? And the answer is simple – older models don’t have the more advanced anti-theft technology of newer ones, making them easier targets. Combine that with high demand and parts value, and it’s no wonder why early to mid-2000s Ford Super Duty pickups are such popular targets.
On the bright side, overall theft saw a 1% decline in Canada from 2015 to 2016. And a large percentage of it occurs in concentrated areas. For example, Alberta alone accounts for nearly 30% of the country’s total thefts. But even if you live in an area ripe with theft, there are plenty of simple ways to keep you (and your truck) from becoming a statistic.
The most obvious is to never leave your vehicle running while unattended, though a shocking number of people don’t heed this advice. The IBC also recommends parking in well-lit areas, as well as closing your windows and locking your doors when you do so. Keep valuables out of sight, park in your garage at night, and don’t leave any personal information in your glove box. After all, you don’t want to gift a thief a way to access your garage and steal your tools too, now do you? Talk about adding insult to injury!