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Old 05-16-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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Would you believe that 17% of all Corvettes ever stolen is from a single model year? That's crazy. Hit the link to find out the model years that top the list.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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I bet CFI owners left keys in the ignition for them to be taken. I've talked to a lot of previous 84 owners and they told me when they were new they were lemons. I guess after all recalls, bugs fixed and DIY they work fine.
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10 Most Stolen Model Years 1981-2011

Rank Model Year Most Stolen Total Number of Thefts
1 1984 8,554
2 1981 8,262
3 1979 6,399
4 1985 6,348
5 1980 6,331
6 1982 4,565
7 1978 4,129
8 1977 3,983
9 1986 3,525
10 1976 3,036
TOTAL 55,132
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:38 PM   #4
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I bet its because the 84 owners need parts
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:48 PM   #5
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Some of those years were record production numbers so the fact that a ton of 84's went missing doesn't surprise me.

Plus pretty much all of those cars had the same crappy Saginaw steering column that you could jack and hotwire with a screwdriver. VATS stopped all of that...in what? 1987/88 or so?

I recall the Camaros at the time were stolen even more frequently until VATS.
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I put a club on my steering wheel when i leave it parked someplace.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:56 PM   #7
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I guess my 88 is safe, wait where are my keys? Probably where I left them in the ignition.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:35 PM   #8
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Mine are in the ignition too - can't even get the cheap labor that walks through the neighborhood to look at it. Now, my bicycle, that's another story.
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I put a club on my steering wheel when i leave it parked someplace.
About the only thing "The Club" would be good for would be for beating the car thief to death
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:18 AM   #10
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I put a club on my steering wheel when i leave it parked someplace.
great idea, give me more leverage to snap your steering column...
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:10 AM   #11
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Those numbers are interesting. I had no idea that there were that many of them stolen. Several years are 1 in 6 stolen and the '81s were 1 in 5.

The club doesn't work. I had a 95 Impala SS stolen from my driveway a few years ago in Arizona. I had a club on it. They never found the car.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:07 AM   #12
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The thieves are lusting for the excitement that comes with the 84 Z51 !
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:07 PM   #13
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Mine are in the ignition too - can't even get the cheap labor that walks through the neighborhood to look at it. Now, my bicycle, that's another story.
Who can afford the gas?
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It would be interesting to know how many were stolen by year. Could it be that big percentage of the 84's were stolen in the first year or two because it was a new model?
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Just seen a report, most cars stolen have their keys in them.

Now if you want to protect your car to some degree, install a secret inline switch with the fuel pump power. I have done this concept for more than 30 years.

Carjacking and a criminal act in progress are grounds to protect your property and yourself in Florida. I always like walking back to my car prepared.

Other than that they will have to come with a tow truck.
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Some of those years were record production numbers so the fact that a ton of 84's went missing doesn't surprise me.

Plus pretty much all of those cars had the same crappy Saginaw steering column that you could jack and hotwire with a screwdriver. VATS stopped all of that...in what? 1987/88 or so?

I recall the Camaros at the time were stolen even more frequently until VATS.
1986, but it's amazing how many VATS protected cars are "stolen".
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About the only thing "The Club" would be good for would be for beating the car thief to death
REALLY?????? They either have to defeat the lock mechanism, cut teh club or cut the wheel....any of these take time.....thieves want FAST ! ! !
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REALLY?????? They either have to defeat the lock mechanism, cut teh club or cut the wheel....any of these take time.....thieves want FAST ! ! !
I remember a few years ago seeing one of those "investigative reports" on car thefts. They showed a steering wheel with The Club attached, and the guy had some special blade on a hacksaw....he was through that wheel in a matter or seconds.

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Now days they tow it and its gone in seconds. Who would question a tow truck towing something with the alarm going off?
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Now days they tow it and its gone in seconds. Who would question a tow truck towing something with the alarm going off?
Dammmm. Don't make me think about it that way.

Let's hope most theifs are poor and can't aford a truck.
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