A car gets stolen in Ontario every 48 minutes – report

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A car gets stolen in Ontario every 48 minutes – report

Motor & Fleet

By Lyle Adriano

A car was stolen every 48 minutes in Ontario in 2021, a new report from HelloSafe.ca has found.

HelloSafe.ca’s report – which is based on car theft claims data from auto insurers – found that in Ontario alone there were 10,900 car theft claims in 2021. It also compared Ontario to other provinces in terms of how prevalent car theft is; Ontario was found to be more negatively affected than Quebec, but Alberta remains the province with the most cars stolen per people.

The total cost of car thefts across Canada in 2021 was $1 billion, HelloSafe.ca noted. The insurance comparison website also said that car thefts nationally cost insurers $542 million last year, the remainder of the $1 billion cost was spent on police services, prison and justice services, and healthcare for victims.

According to the report, Ontario’s most stolen car in 2021 was the Lexus RX 2018. The second most stolen car was another SUV, the Honda CR-V, followed by the sedan Honda Civic. Notably, 47.2% of all stolen cars in Ontario were SUVs.

The findings affirm the results of a similar study in December.

Last month, the Équité Association ranked the most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada. While Ford’s pickup trucks were the most stolen vehicles on the national top 10 list, popular SUVs also made it into the rankings, such as Honda’s CR-V series, Lexus’ RX350/RX450 series, and Toyota’s Highlander series.

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