Here’s a weird stat for you: Chevrolet has sold 500,000 fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaros, which is nearly the exact same number of Camaros that have been stolen over the lifespan of the model itself (from first-gen to fifth-gen).
NICB says that although it has theft data from 1967 available – the year Camaro entered production – it has little confidence in pre-1981 data due to inconsistent reporting protocols and the non-standardized VIN systems used prior to ’81 (NHTSA standardized VINs in 1981, the benchmark year for reliable theft data).
Okay, with the housekeeping out of the way we can focus on the nitty gritty. Namely, which Camaros have been stolen the most? Guess your model year and prepared to be surprised…
Below are the top five model years for Camaro theft:
#5) 1987 (36,225)
#4) 1982 (37,687)
#3) 1985 (43,238)
#2) 1986 (53,422)
#1) 1984 (54,533)
And here are the top five years for Camaro theft (i.e. more Camaros were in stolen 1989 than in any other year):
#5) 1991 (31,291)
#4) 1987 (32,110)
#3) 1990 (33,576)
#2) 1988 (33,975)
#1) 1989 (35,881 thefts)
In short, it seems that if you have a third-generation Camaro, you should park it in a safe, secure area, and perhaps even booby trap it.