Based on the report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), motorcycle theft in the US continues to decline, from 2007 with 65,678 down to only 42,856 in 2014. However, the eight-year trend stopped in 2015 as it recorded a 6% increase with 45,555.
Motorcycle Theft in the US
But despite the consistent decrease in the number of motorcycle theft incidents reported, it didn’t hide the fact that California is an unsafe place for motorcycles in the US with San Francisco and San Diego included in the top 5 cities with the most number of stolen motorcycles.
Year : 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Incidents : 65,678 64,492 56,093 49,791 46,667 46,061 45,367 42,856
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Also included in the NICB report about motorcycle theft in the US is the list of most-stolen bicycle brands. The top five manufacturers are Harley-Davidson Inc., Kawasaki Motors Corp., American Suzuki Motor Corp., Yamaha Motor Corp., and American Honda Motor Co. Inc. Honda takes the top spot with 8,557 motorcycles stolen.
On the list of states with the most number of motorcycle theft cases, California tops, with 16 percent of the total cases recorded; followed by Florida, which represents the 10 percent of the total. Other states in the top 5 are Texas, South Carolina, and New York.
State | # of cases
California | 7221
Florida | 4758
Texas | 3403
South Carolina | 2160
New York | 1902
As for the cities with most motorcycles stolen, New York City ranked no. 1 with 1,340 theft cases, followed by Las Vegas. Two cities on the top 5 spots are from California—San Francisco and San Diego.
The motorcycle is the secondary means of transportation in the United States. It is usually used only when their main mode of traveling is unserviceable, especially during cold or rainy weather when roads are impassable using cars. It is important to note that motorcycle theft in the US is most prevalent during summer (July–August) than in winter.
It does not matter if you live in California, New York, or anywhere in the US, all motorcycle owners must take extra precaution in protecting their property. One way to prevent motorcycle theft is to install a GPS device for motorcycles like Trackimo.
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