Motorcycle thefts down 6 percent in 2011: report

Publish Date: 
Oct 8, 2012

DES PLAINES, Ill. — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today reported that in 2011, motorcycle thefts in the United States were down 6 percent from their 2010 total.  There were 46,667 motorcycles reported stolen in 2011 compared with 49,791 in 2010.

The theft rate averages out to one every 11 minutes.  All data is from theft reports contained in the National Crime Information Center.  

The top five makes stolen last year were: 

  • Honda, 11,014
  • Yamaha, 8,880
  • Suzuki, 7,281
  • Kawasaki, 5,009 and
  • Harley-Davidson, 3,120 

Combined, these five brands accounted for 35,304 thefts in 2011, or 75.6 percent of the total.

For 2011, the top five states with the most motorcycle thefts were: 

  • California, 5,927
  • Texas, 3,950
  • Florida, 3,927
  • North Carolina, 2,466 and
  • Indiana, 2,114 

These five states accounted for 18,384 thefts, or 39.3 percent of the total.

Of some significance is the fact that thefts were down in 2011 while motorcycle sales increased slightly from 2010.  According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, motorcycle sales increased in 2011 to 440,899 units — up 0.3 percent from 439,678 units sold in 2010.  

As expected, the warm months of July and August logged the most thefts during 2011 at 5,544 and 5,397, respectively. On the other end of the scale, the cooler months of February and December saw the fewest thefts with 2,147 and 2,475, respectively.

While the most active day for thefts was Monday with 6,962, there was a relatively even spread across the week with the least active day, Sunday, posting 6,422 thefts.

The complete motorcycle theft report is available here.  Consumers can visit the NICB web site and review its free library of theft and fraud awareness information, including tips on preventing motorcycle theft and fraud. To learn more see

Posted by Holly Wagner