If you own a 2000 Ford Mustang, you might want to put down the mouse and take a look in your driveway. There’s a good chance it’s not there anymore.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released its first ever Hot Wheels Classics report, focusing on theft statistics specific to the Ford Mustang.
Since the car’s introduction in 1964 at least 611,093 of eight and a half million Mustangs produced were reported stolen, the worst year being 1981 when 20,708 reports were filed.
Although the bureau says that data prior to 1981 isn’t 100 percent accurate, since then 411,155 of the 4,110,110 of the cars sold have gone missing.
The good news for Mustang owners is that thefts in 2011 dropped to their lowest level ever, just 4,347, but some models appear to be at higher risk than others.
Of the 91,152 thefts that took place since 2001, Mustangs from the 2000 model year topped the charts at 7,085, followed by the 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2002. Owners of classic Mustangs can take some solace in the fact that the oldest car to make the top 10 was the 1989 model.
NCIB plans to release future reports on other popular nameplates. Until it gets to yours, be sure to lock up.