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Vehicle Thieves in Canada Keep on Truckin'

According to figures recently released by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), thieves are especially targeting Ford F-series trucks which occupy 7 of the top 10 spots on Canada's most frequently stolen vehicle list for 2014. Although auto theft has decreased somewhat, 72,804 vehicles were stolen last year. The IBC thinks the majority of stolen F series vehicles were most likely "re-vinned" - given a false vehicle identification number (VIN) - and sold to unsuspecting consumers. They advise if you are looking to purchase a used vehicle to get it from a reputable dealer, have the vehicle inspected by a trusted mechanic, and run a vehicle history check. A reputable repair shop can also provide information to ensure stolen parts purchased online are not used. To deter thieves, never leave a running vehicle unattended, park in a well-lit area, close vehicle windows and lock doors, and put valuables and packages in trunks. Remember, a professional thief can steal a vehicle in about 30 seconds.