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Ford F-series trucks are the most often stolen vehicles in Canada, insurers say

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Auto theft is up six per cent across the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).

New Brunswick tops the lists with a 28 per cent increase, followed by Ontario with a 15 per cent increase, Quebec, up seven per cent, and Alberta, up six per cent — the highest per capita increase in Canada.

The IBC, a national association that represents Canada’s private auto insurers, reported the increases in its annual report looking at Canada’s most frequently stolen vehicles.

Ford F-Series pickup trucks and high-end SUVs top the list this year.

« They’re of real value, » said John Tod, national director of the IBC’s Investigative Services.

« They’re very attractive vehicles. I know that those types of vehicles are in high demand elsewhere, basically overseas. »

The IBC report uses data compiled by members across the country from 2016-2017, the most recent information available, but Tod said they’ve also seen the number of auto thefts continue to increase in the first three quarters of 2018.

The Ford F350 pickup truck is Canada’s most frequently stolen vehicle, according to data from the Insurance Bureau of Canada. (Ford)

Last week, CBC News reported on a new style of vehicle theft that involves boosting key fob signals from inside homes to open and steal cars in driveways — a technique one auto security expert said may be playing a role in a recent surge of auto thefts in the Toronto area.

Although Tod said most break-ins still involve having the vehicle’s keys in hand, he said the IBC is looking into these electronic thefts.

« The auto manufacturers are very well aware and very actively doing everything they can to change the technology, increase the security mechanisms in it and hopefully reduce the amount of thefts that are occurring, » he said.

Tod said the IBC holds periodic meetings with auto manufacturers, and he’ll be bringing up these electronic thefts at the next one.

The Toronto Police Service’s 11 Division posted this photo on Nov. 26 to warn people about relay thefts. (Toronto Police Service)

What’s being stolen and why

Ford F350 trucks take the top five spots on the IBC’s national list, and they also dominate in Alberta.

In Ontario, Chevrolet trucks and high-end SUVs make up much of the Top 10, and in Atlantic Canada, Nissan Maxima, Chevy Silverado and Jeep Liberty vehicles take the top three spots.

Tod said the reasons thieves target these vehicles varies, but the IBC is seeing many of them shipped overseas.

« There’s a large amount of vehicles that are coming from registered owners or reported stolen from the GTA, southern Ontario area, » Tod said.

« We’re seeing them leaving primarily right now through to the ports in Montreal and through Halifax … we’re seeing them going over to Africa, over to the Middle East and to some extent down to the Caribbean countries as well. »

The trend corresponds with another finding in the report — an increase in unrecovered stolen vehicles, Tod said.

Of course, many break-ins also occur because thieves want to steal the car’s contents or take personal information to use for things like insurance fraud and identity theft, Tod said.

New Year’s Day is the most common time for vehicles to be stolen across the country, mostly because cars are filled with gifts, the report said.

Top Ten Stolen Vehicles in 2017 – Canada

Make Model Body Style Model Year
Ford F350 SD 4WD Pickup 2007
Ford F350 SD 4WD Pickup 2006
Ford F350 SD 4WD Pickup 2005
Ford F350 SD 4WD Pickup 2004
Ford F350 SD 4WD Pickup 2003
Ford F250 SD 4WD Pickup 2006
Ford F350 SD 4WD Pickup 2001
Ford F250 SD 4WD Pickup 2000
Lexus GX460 4DR AWD SUV 2015
Ford F250 SD 4WD Pickup 2001

Top Ten Stolen Vehicles in 2017 – Ontario

Make Model Body Style Model Year
Chevrolet/GMC Tahoe/Yukon 4DR 4WD SUV 2004
Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 2500 4WD Pickup 2006
Chevrolet/GMC Tahoe/Yukon 4DR 4WD SUV 2003
Ford F350 SD 4WD Pickup 2007
Chevrolet/GMC Suburban/Yukon XL 1500 4DR 4WD SUV 2003
Chevrolet/GMC Suburban/Yukon XL 1500 4DR 4WD SUV 2002
Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4WD Pickup 2003
Chevrolet/GMC Tahoe/Yukon 4DR 4WD SUV 2005
Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 2500 4WD Pickup 2003
Chevrolet/GMC Tahoe/Yukon 4DR 4WD SUV 2002

How to protect yourself

To minimize the chances of becoming a victim, Tod offered these tips:

  • Don’t leave your vehicle unattended and running.
  • Don’t leave your keys or key fobs unattended.
  • Don’t leave valuables visible on the seats.
  • Park in a well-lit area, ideally in a garage.

« It’s only a matter of minutes, or seconds in fact, for somebody to actually, if they have the right means and if they have, even worse, … access to your key fob or your key … it will be gone, and will be gone in a very, very quick period of time, » said Tod.



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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

WATCH: Dog found dead in Angrignon Park

The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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