NICB: Chevrolet Camero Tops List of Most-Stolen ‘Sporty’ Cars

The Camaro beat out other models by a mile, but winning this title isn’t a good thing.

The Chevy model was named the most stolen “sporty” car in the nation, according to a new report on thefts from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The following table shows the makes and models that had the most thefts:

Rank Make & model Type No. of thefts
1 Chevrolet Camero Mid-sized 1,509
2 Ford Mustang Mid-sized 980
3 Dodge Challenger Mid-sized 782
4 Porsche Panamera Premium 103
5 Audi A5/S5 Compact 101
6 Chevrolet Corvette Premium 69
7 Nissan 370-Z Compact 47
8 BMW 6 Series Premium 45
9 Porsche 911 Premium 24
10 Volkswagen Eos Compact 23


The report’s analysis was based on data from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) dated between 2009 through 2012. It covered car model years between 2010 and 2012.

Frank Scafidi, spokesman for the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), told Online Auto Insurance News (OAIN) that the popularity of the Chevy Camaro may play into the reasons why it is stolen most often.

”Camaros are highly desirable and that makes them an attractive theft target aside from everything else,” he told OAIN.

However, Scafidi pointed to another NICB report, which analyzed theft rates of the Toyota Prius, to highlight how “popularity doesn’t always translate into being an attractive theft target.”

“The Prius is popular, but not among car thieves,” he said.

Comprehensive coverage protects policyholders from instances of theft. The Insurance Information Institute (III) urges consumers to buy car insurance policies with comprehensive coverage added on because it is considered valuable for the amount of protection it provides. This type of optional coverage protects against theft as well as fire, flooding and falling objects.

Mid-sized Sporty Cars Were Stolen Most Often

The NICB split sporty vehicles into three categories: mid-sized, compact and premium.

Nearly 9 out of 10 overall sporty car thefts were of mid-sized types like the Camaro and Challenger. Premium vehicles made up 8 percent while compact made up 6 percent.

Though they are stolen most often of the three types, mid-sized sporty vehicles had the lowest percentage of unrecovered thefts, at 12.4 percent.

Premium types had the highest percentage of unrecovered thefts at 30.5 percent while 14.7 percent of compact types went unrecovered.

California Tops Location-Related Theft Figures

As in most reports on car thefts, California topped others as the state where most sporty vehicles are stolen.

The 764 thefts of sporty cars reported between 2009 and 2012 is far ahead of the 443 reported for Florida and 381 reported for Texas.

“The state spread is not all that unusual,” Scafidi said. “California is always on top of the list but Florida and Texas are not far behind, either, so this just follows the data that we see in overall theft figures year to year.”

The top metropolitan area with sporty thefts was also in California; the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area had 291 such thefts.

The NICB has released a number of theft reports of specific car classifications in recent years. For example, the bureau has analyzed how often Chevy Corvettes and sports utility (SUVs) and crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) are stolen.

Groupings, like which models are classified as sporty, are based on car-related categories from Automotive News, according to Scafidi, who said that the NICB’s new reports are released to “broaden our library of vehicle theft information.”

“For years all we published were the 10 most stolen cars in the nation, and in each state,” he told OAIN. “But how interesting is it to see Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys in the top spots year after year?”

About Charles Nguyen
Charles Nguyen is an enterprising journalist who reported for and the Desert Dispatch and was the editor in chief of the Guardian (the twice-weekly newspaper at the University of California, San Diego) before coming to Online Auto Insurance News.

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