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NICB: Motorcycle Thefts Still Declining, but Trend is Leveling Off

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Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki Are Top Stolen Brands

DES PLAINES, Ill., June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a report on motorcycle thefts in the United States for 2013.  A total of 45,367 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2013 compared with 46,601 reported stolen in 2012-a decrease of 1.5 percent.

Since 2008, annual motorcycle thefts have seen significant decreases, but that trend appears to be leveling off.  The following graph shows the trend using 2007 thefts as the baseline number:

 

Year

Thefts

Difference from previous year

Percent change

2007

65,678



2008

64,492

1,186

-1.8

2009

56,093

8,399

-13.0

2010

49,791

6,302

-11.2

2011

46,667

3,124

- 6.3

2012

46,061

606

-1.3

2013

45,367

694

-1.5

The report is based on National Crime Information Center (NCIC) motorcycle theft data for 2013. The complete report can be viewed here and a graphic here.

The following graph shows the top five manufacturers in 2012 and 2013 whose motorcycles were reported stolen.  Their ranking remained the same: 

 

Rank

Manufacturer

2013

2012

Percent change

1

American Honda Motor Co., Inc

8,557

9,082

-5.8

2

Yamaha Motor Corporation

7,038

7,517

-6.4

3

American Suzuki Motor Corporation

6,378

7,017

-9.1

4

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

4,736

4,839

-2.1

5

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

3,907

3,755

+4.0

The top five states were in the same order as in last year's report with California and Texas posting increases:

 

Rank

State

2013

2012

Percent change

1

California

6,637

6,082

+9.1

2

Florida

3,735

4,110

-9.1

3

Texas

3,407

3,400

+0.2

4

North Carolina

2,490

2,574

-3.3

5

Indiana

2,199

2,334

-5.8

When ranking the top five cities, the top four are identical to last year's report.  In fifth place this year, however, is Los Angeles replacing Miami:

 

Rank

City

2013

2012

Percent change

1

New York

1,001

903

+10.9

2

Las Vegas

899

757

+18.8

3

San Diego

700

633

+10.6

4

Indianapolis

576

584

-1.4

5

Los Angeles

545

514

+6.0

Motorcycles are generally a seasonal mode of transportation making them most susceptible to thefts during mild times of the year.  Most thefts occurred during the summer months and the fewest during the winter.  July had the highest number of reported thefts in 2013 with 5,360.  August was next with 5,288 followed by September with 4,793.  The fewest thefts were reported in February with 2,124 followed by December with 2,546 and March with 2,674.

View and download our motorcycle theft prevention brochure for more useful information.

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword "fraud" to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote $371 billion in insurance premiums in 2013, or more than 78 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 93 percent ($168 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

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