NICB: Motorcycle Thefts On the Decline

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Motorcycle thefts nationwide have declined along with sales trends, according to the latest report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

A total of 56,093 motorcycles nationwide were reported stolen to law enforcement in 2009, down from 64,492 reported in 2008, a 13 percent drop.

The top five makes stolen last year were: (1) Honda, 13,688; (2) Yamaha, 11,148; (3) Suzuki, 9,154; (4) Kawasaki, 5,911; and (5) Harley-Davidson, 3,529. Combined they accounted for 43,430 thefts, or 77.4 percent of the total.

The top five states with the most motorcycle theft activity were: (1) California, 6,273; (2) Texas, 5,526; (3) Florida, 5,009; (4) North Carolina, 3,045; and (5) Georgia, 2,067. These five states accounted for 21,920 thefts, or 39 percent of the total.

Not surprising, the summer months of July (6,319); August (6,079); and June (5,672) saw the most theft activity while the fewest thefts were recorded during the winter months of December (2,927); February (3,100); and January (3,570).

The organization noted that one factor that might be driving thefts down is a function of the economy: fewer targets.

NICB, a nonprofit funded by insurance companies. offers a free consumer theft and awareness web page at www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/brochures.

Posted by Holly Wagner