The Insurance Bureau of Canada releases an annual list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada, and this year, the F-350 holds the top five spots on the list, and six in total.

If you're an owner of an older model pickup truck or SUV, consider yourself warned - car thefts have increased in Canada in the past year, and the Ford F-350 in particular is in high demand.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada releases an annual list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada, and this year, the F-350 holds the top five spots on the list, and six in total. Overall thefts were up by six percent, totaling 78,849 nationally.

The 2015 Toyota 4Runner is the newest model to make the list, and is the sixth-most stolen vehicle in our country. The 2003 Cadillac Escalade is right behind the 4Runner in seventh place, while the short-lived 2010 Acura ZDX, of all vehicles, makes it into 10th place on the list. It's clear that four- and all-wheel drive vehicles are in high demand with these thieves.

Besides all the fancy technology that could help keep your vehicle from being taken, one of the most prevalent ways cars are stolen is because keys are left in the ignition while owners go off to do something else.

The study was also broken up into Atlantic, Ontario, and Western and Pacific regions. Alberta was absolutely dominated by Ford heavy duty pickups - it was all F-250's or F-350's - while Ontario's list was replete with more all-wheel drive SUVs.

The Atlantic, though, had some really random models on its list, including the Cadillac Deville in first place, the Nissan Maxima in sixth and eighth place, and different Mustangs in fourth and ninth place.

This year's list is similar to last years, with the 4Runner and ZDX being new models for 2016. As Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigative Services, IBC said last year, "None of the top 10 stolen vehicles are equipped with an electronic manufacturer immobilizer as a theft deterrent system, so they are easier to steal." This is still the case with many of the models on this year's list.

Besides all the fancy technology that could help keep your vehicle from being taken, one of the most prevalent ways cars are stolen is because keys are left in the ignition while owners go off to do something else. "If you have gone to the trouble of buying a car that has a theft deterrent system that makes stealing it tougher, don't make it easy for thieves by leaving the keys in the car," says Garry Robertson, National Director, Investigative Services, IBC.

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The IBC gives a few other tips to protect your ride, including keeping doors locked and windows rolled up, parking in well-lit areas, and keeping valuables stored in the trunk. That last tip is particularly good to know with the Christmas shopping season upon us.

Source: Insurance Bureau of Canada

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