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Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger are the Most Stolen Sporty Vehicles in U.S.

The 2010-12 Chevrolet Camaro has been stolen the most with 1,509 thefts

It should come as no surprise that when the National Insurance Crime Bureau released the newest vehicle theft records, there was a separate "Sporty" classification. According to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) report, among car models made from 2010 – 2012, the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Challenger were among the top 5 cars being swiped.

Among vehicle theft records dating between January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2012, 3,780 Sporty vehicles were reported stolen in the United States. There are three classes: premium, mid-sized, and compact. Of the mid-sized class, 3,271 thefts occurred (87% of the Sporty total). Leading the pack of mid-sized cars was the Chevrolet Camaro, taken from its owners 1,509 times. Next up were the Ford Mustang (980) and Dodge Challenger (782). Below is the full list of top-ten most commonly stolen Sporty vehicles.

To make things even more interesting, the NCIC report broke-down the top-five states with the most Sporty thefts. Leading the Union is California with 764, then Florida (443), Texas (381), Georgia (257), and Michigan (187). As for areas within those states, The Golden State takes the cake with the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California, areas having 291 thefts. Next was the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia, area (226); Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida, area (208); New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania area (198); and Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan area (179).

As with any theft story, we should reminder our readers to follow a few basic steps to keep your classic or collectable car safe from thieves. First, remember to always lock your car when you get out. Second, never leave your keys in your car unattended. Third, avoid having anything on the seats overnight; even the most unassuming item could look good for a desperate thief. Last, install an aftermarket alarm of tracking device if you’re going to park your car in a rough neighborhood often. We hate seeing these statistics about stolen muscle cars, it breaks our hearts.

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51 comments
Mark Ward
Mark Ward

5 on the floors better than autobox

David McGlasson
David McGlasson

Central California is a fairly high-theft area, but the list leader is always a Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or Mazda 3. Why? Because the local gangs are all ricer enthusiasts. I feel like my Mustang is pretty safe.

Ted David Burrell
Ted David Burrell

South African theft prevention: remotely activated torches below the floor.

Rin Maysons
Rin Maysons

Keyless entry, detachable steering wheel.. and what those cops use to shut down the engine from certain distances.. making the car dead

Charlie Hohenstein
Charlie Hohenstein

On my '87 Fiero, I just never replace the failing solenoid. Works every time; even on me!

Charlie Hohenstein
Charlie Hohenstein

First I buy a car that would make for a great sleeper, like my oxidized '91 Sable. Then I add some prominent, unintentional body modification, and if that doesn't work, I just make sure it doesn't run.

Derek Deines
Derek Deines

I live in a small town in Kansas...I usually leave the keys in my '71 Torino.

Rick Racette
Rick Racette

let me guess u own 1 of those rice burners too bad u idiot dont buy american

Matt Rodgers
Matt Rodgers

I have often wondered about the inflated theft reports. I agree with the above comment on theft deterrent systems, unless people are leaving the keys in the car I dont see how a modern car can be stolen, short of being hauled away on a trailer. No security system other than a shotgun will prevent that! There are ways around factory anti-theft system(at least there was when I turned wrenches in a GM dealership 15 years ago) but they were all extremely time consuming. I cant imagine a thief taking the time.

Jason Miller
Jason Miller

James M Otis Jr. I have both, plus garage. No one getting what isn't theirs.

Jerry Brentnell
Jerry Brentnell

put a kill switch on the power wire of the fuel pump! and buy a semi auto shotgun!!!

Joey Bohl
Joey Bohl

Hidden kill switch that I only know about

Camaro Chris
Camaro Chris

The Camaro leads the pack just like in the 80s lol. I'd like to steal a ZL1 and especially the upcoming Z28!

Johnny Baker
Johnny Baker

Falsely inflated figures so the insurance industry has one more reason to bend us over.

Jake Conlee
Jake Conlee

Explain how this is possible with ANY of those cars. Every one of these cars has an immobilizer and coded key. The only way they could have gotten our SRT8 was to break in our house and steal the keys without being shot multiple times in the face and head. I've got a few Audis as well. If I lose the key, I have to go to the dealership and prove not only ownership but proof of insurance. There is no "hotwiring" these cars, either. This needs further explanation to better defend ourselves. Otherwise they are just falsified figures until proven to be fact. Explain how these systems were bypassed. California isn't a place where people "just leave the keys in the car... unlocked."

James Green
James Green

My steering wheel comes off, battery kill switch.

Justin Dold
Justin Dold

My car had the best anti-theft device in America: A manual transmission.

Guy Deragisch
Guy Deragisch

Leaving the door unlocked and a box on the seat with air holes drilled into it. With a warning that says "caution live rattle snakes".

Eric Doolittle
Eric Doolittle

Leave them in primer. Never finish the paint work.

Adam Michael
Adam Michael

I park them in the garage where they belong.

AJ Minott
AJ Minott

I have an ak-47 and my car has 800 hp u aint starting it without me nowin plus that viper car alarm helps

Emory J Fitts
Emory J Fitts

Header dumps so they get pulled for the noise

Chris Roath
Chris Roath

good thing I have a SRT DODGE MAGNUM

Travis Neumann
Travis Neumann

get a kit that alows u to take ur stering wheel off so no one can drive it unless u no they have a special tool ur somthing

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