Top 10 Stolen Sporty Cars (And Why They’re Still Safer Than The Average Ride)

A new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) revealed the top “sporty” cars targeted by car thieves from the time period of January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2012.

While there were a total of 3,780 thefts during the three-year period, owning a “sporty” vehicle is still a much safer way to go than choosing a higher volume car. Compared to numbers for the most stolen car in the United States — the Honda Accord at 58,596 thefts — the numbers presented in this report are downright paltry.

Combined, these higher-end vehicles make up just 6.5 percent of the total number of reported thefts for the Accord. Honda also had more bad news when it came to the No. 2 most stolen car in the US — the Honda Civic at 47,037.

The Sporty Car Breakdown

Sporty cars, which were divided into three classes (Compact, Premium, and Mid-sized), were also less frequently stolen than the Ford F-150 full-sized pickup truck (26,770), the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup (23,745), and the Toyota Camry mid-sized sedan (16,251).

As far as the NICB report was concerned, owning a sporty car posed a bigger risk when drivers went with mid-sized models. The top three cars accounted for 3,271 of the 3,780 thefts (around 87 percent of those reported). Premium cars were the next most stolen with 241 (or around seven percent of the total). Compact cars rounded out the list with 171 (approximately five percent).

As of March 31, 2013, about 14 percent of the stolen sporty cars had yet to be recovered — a much better success rate than we would expect. The vehicles least likely to be returned to the rightful owners were the Porsche 911 and Panamera. In contrast, the Camaro and Mustang were easily recovered. NICB researchers speculated this to be because European models run the risk of being resold abroad, while the American models are taken for joyride purposes.

States with the most sporty thefts included California (764), Florida (443), Texas (381), Georgia (257), and Michigan (187).

In a report from the Chicago Tribune, the Federal Bureau of Investigation acknowledged that car thefts in general had fallen by 50 percent over the last two decades, having fallen to 724,672 from close to 1.5 million since 1991.

To not become a victim of car theft, we recommend that you park your vehicle in garages whenever possible. Also, consider adding GPS tracking and other theft deterrent devices to the vehicle. Most thieves choose their targets based on opportunity. That may be why the rate of sporty car theft is so low. Incorporate the same precautions if you’re driving a higher-volume car, and you’ll be less likely to ever deal with the headache of recovering a stolen vehicle. 

Now Without Further Ado, We Give You The Top 10 Stolen Sportys:

10. Volkswagen Eos (23 thefts)

Sporty Class: Compact

9. Porsche 911 (24)

Sporty Class: Premium

8. BMW 6 Series (45)

Sporty Class: Premium

7. Nissan 370Z (47)

Sporty Class: Compact

6. Chevrolet Corvette (69)

Sporty Class: Premium

5. Audi A5/S5 (101)

Sporty Class: Compact

4. Porsche Panamera (103)

Sporty Class: Premium

3. Dodge Charger (782)

Sporty Class: Mid-Sized

2. Ford Mustang (980)

Sporty Class: Mid-Sized

1. Chevrolet Camaro (1,509)

Sporty Class: Mid-Sized

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