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Camaro, Mustang are most stolen sports cars

Theft report shows muscle cars top the list, while high-end European cars have a higher likelihood of never being found.

By Clifford Atiyeh Oct 31, 2013 1:03PM
The Chevrolet Camaro's mean looks aren't a deterrent for the nation's car thieves, who stole more of these muscle cars in the past three years than any other new sports car.

According to the latest report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a nonprofit organization that collects data for insurance companies, the Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger were the most stolen late-model sports cars in America between January 2009 and December 2012.

Of all 3,780 sports cars between the 2010-2012 model years reported stolen during the three-year period, 40 percent were Camaros. Another 25 percent were Mustangs, while the Challenger racked up 20 percent of all sports car thefts. Scoring much lower were the Porsche Panamera (103 stolen cars), Audi A5 and S5 (101), Corvette (69), Nissan 370Z (47), BMW 6-Series (45), Porsche 911 (24) and strangely, the Volkswagen Eos (23).
One very important thing to discount from this report: high-end exotics, such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis, were not included. We're not sure why the 4-door Porsche Panamera is considered "sporty" while the Tesla Model S and other high-performance sedans aren't, nor are coupe versions of the Infiniti G Coupe and BMW 3-Series coupe. The AMG, M, RS, Shelby or any number of factory high-performance models are missing, too.

But the NICB's list does at least illustrate, time and time again, that the Los Angeles metro area and the state of California remain the country's biggest hotspots for car thieves. The Atlanta, Miami, New York and Detroit areas follow LA. Among the cities where sports cars tend to disappear without a trace, New York, LA and Detroit lead the charts.

Higher-end vehicles were more likely to go missing. While between 11 and 13.5 percent of the top three muscle cars went "unrecovered," about 34 to 37.5 percent of Porsche Panamera and 911 models were never found and nearly half of the very few Nissan GT-R and Mercedes SL models stolen also went missing.

Among luxury cars reported stolen from 2009 to 2012, 485 were late-model Mercedes C-Class models and an additional 471 were BMW 3-Series models. The Infiniti G wasn't far behind at 405 cars. Two other Mercedes models, the E-Class and S-Class, ranked fourth and last on the NICB's top 10 list of stolen luxury cars. The BMW 5-Series ranked sixth. Other big theft targets included the Cadillac CTS, Lincoln MKZ, Acura TSX and the Lexus IS.

[Source: NICB]
Oct 31, 2013 2:35PM
I drive a Miata.  I guess I can leave the keys in it... 
Oct 31, 2013 2:00PM
Okay week's assignment is the definition of "sports car".

Oct 31, 2013 1:58PM
None of the three; Camaro, Mustang, or Challenger are sports cars. They are all American muscle cars. Is that better?
Oct 31, 2013 2:01PM
predictable! car thieves know good iron when they see it.
Oct 31, 2013 2:29PM

  Awww... quit whining about the so-called, fake/faux-- humongous(?) difference between a "sports car" and a "sporty car".

  Some of you whiners are always looking to "snort your crumbs thru a broken straw-- thinking you ate or swallowed a whole slice of bread".

  Moan 'n groan. Whine and cheese. B!tchin' 'n crying. "Waaaahh! Waaaaahh!"

Go climb into your imagined foreign crap you define as a sports car, an pretend to be a "car aficionado" or so-called expert..

Enough, already!

Oct 31, 2013 2:22PM
They may not be sports cars but too me they are! I want the red Camaro stolen or not! LOL
Oct 31, 2013 5:04PM
I'm waiting for the Chevy Chevelle SS to make a return!
Oct 31, 2013 5:22PM
I can't believe that in this day and age crooks can get by all the security measures they put in these new cars.
Nov 1, 2013 12:27PM

A couple of reasons why Camaros, Mustangs, and Challengers are so frequently stolen:


1) They are far more common in the US than any other sports cars on the list


2) They are dirt-cheap compared to most other sports cars, you can get a 2-3 year old Camaro or Mustang w/ low mileage and in good condition for $15k-20k, about the same price you'd pay for a new econobox, this means that even poor people can afford these wheels, and since poor people tend to live in neighborhoods with higher crime, these cars get stolen more often than Porsches and Audis, which are owned mostly by upper middle class and rich Americans. Even Corvette owners tend to be richer and live in better neighborhoods.


3) Due to sharing of parts among GM, Ford, and Chrysler vehicles, these American muscle cars are prized by chop shops for their parts. Import sports cars, on the other hands, have little use as parts and are mostly sold as whole, which is a lot more difficult than selling a car for parts.


4) These American sports cars tend to have inferior security systems as compared to higher priced imports.

Oct 31, 2013 3:44PM
What is the recovery with cars that had LOJACK?
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