While the number of cars stolen each year is dropping, all motorists are at risk for becoming the victim of a crime. In fact, there may even be some vehicles that are more prone to theft than others. A large portion of all automobiles stolen in the U.S. are high-end sports cars, and a few of these are extremely popular among car thieves.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau has been tracking which cars are the most popular stolen vehicles for years. From 2009 through 2012, the organization recorded the make and model of automobiles reported as stolen.
According to the data, the most popular sports car stolen in the four-year time period was the Chevrolet Camaro. There were 1,509 reported thefts of this vehicle, far outpacing the 980 instances of theft for the Ford Mustang, which came in second. Close behind was the Dodge Challenger, which was in third place with 782 thefts.
Those three were significantly ahead of the rest of the top 10. The Porsche Panamera was fourth with 103 instances and the Audi A5/S5 was fifth with 101.
All hope is not lost when a vehicle is reported stolen. The study found that about 15 percent of compact sporty cars were never recovered after a theft – which also means that 85 percent were found. Additionally, 88 percent of midsize sporty vehicle were found. However, less than 70 percent of premium sporty cars were recovered.
Whether you're looking for a sports car or need to replace a vehicle that has been stolen, you're going to want to be on the lookout for a good deal. At New Jersey State Auto Auction, you can search through the hundreds of CARFAX-certified used cars to find a vehicle that is perfect for your needs.
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