U.S. Motorcycle Thefts – The Latest Report Results

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According to the latest report issued by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more than 46,000 motorcycles in the U.S. were reported stole in 2012 with more than 20% of those being Hondas. Here are the findings of the latest motorcycle thefts report.

The NICB report, which was issued today, shows that 46,061 bikes were stolen last year – that’s a 1% decrease on the 2011 figures of 46,667 – with Honda motorcycles topping the list at 9,082, Yamaha 7,517, Suzuki 7017, followed by Kawasaki 4,839 and Harley Davidson 3,755.

The NICB is a non-profit organization that was created in 1992 to monitor and detect insurance fraud and crime. It has a membership of more than 1,110 insurance companies across the U.S. and this latest report on 2012 motorcycle thefts is the result of data submitted by its membership.

In 2012, California was the state where the most motorcycle thefts occurred with 6,082, followed by Florida at 4,110, Texas 3,400, North Carolina 2,574 and Indiana 2,334.

However, in terms of the largest number of thefts by city, New York topped the list with 903, Las Vegas 757, San Diego came in third with 633, Indianapolis 584 and Miami 535.

Analysis of the NICB’s figures for 2012 unsurprisingly revealed that most thefts occurred during the summer months – July was the highest in 2012 with 5,529 bikes reported being stolen.

The figures also showed that while around 59% of all motor vehicles stolen are actually recovered, only 39% of bikes are ever seen again. This is due to the fact that many stolen bikes are chopped for spare parts that are then re-sold or, according to the NICB’s report, stored away for a number of years before being re-sold.

For further detailed information on the NCIB’s 2012 Motorcycle Theft and Recovery Report, read the full report here.

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  • Rameses the 2nd

    LOL. Nobody’s stealing expensive European bikes.

    • Doug Herbert

      I was a bit surprised about Indianapolis. I live in a suburb of Indy, and haven’t heard about any rash of bike thefts. Excluding a few small pockets, I think of Indianapolis as a pretty safe town. I would love to see this broken down more, perhaps showing how many bikes are registered in each city, and how many were stolen from a home versus stolen when the bike was away from home.

    • spanky

      I work for a motorcycle only insurance company, and while the European bikes aren’t being stolen with as much frequency as the Japanese bikes, believe me, S1000RR’s, 1198′s, and Panigale’s are disappearing regularly.

      • Pund1t

        Yeah, but how may K1200LT’s?

  • Charles Quinn

    As you started by suggesting that 9 x 4 = 46 I’m not sure whether to believe the rest of the article…

    • Tim Watson

      Good spot – and thanks. Sorry brain and math did not compute first thing this morning when I wrote it. We’ve now updated it.

  • Slacker

    I love riding a BMW for that reason. :P Although I did see a few stolen a few times last summer…

  • gregory

    These would be more meaningful if we knew the motorcycle population (how many bikes registered) of each state or city.

    Honda’s the top stolen brand, but that’s probably because it’s the biggest motorcycle maker in the world.

    It seems logical that more bikes are stolen in warmer states and in warmer months.

    Are the residents of some states are more likely, or less likely, to file an insurance claim? Or is that standard across the board?

    Anyway, good set of numbers from which to begin an analysis.

  • ThinkingInImages

    The NY statistic doesn’t surprise me, but I’d be curious to know if that was New York City or New York State, or how that breaks out. If it’s the city, I’d want to see that broken down even further. If I had to park on the street overnight I wouldn’t own anything but an oddball junker. It’s near impossible to keep a car on the street, no less a motorcycle, scooter, or even a bicycle. There’s little visible police presence or patrolling so you’re on your own to protect your property.

    I wonder if there’s any correlation to the “stunts” gangs? How many of those motorcycles were legit?

    • spanky

      While I don’t have the exact figures, NYC has far more thefts than NYS. Bear in mind, this is only from 1 company’s perspective, and based on what comes across my desk.

      • ThinkingInImages

        I found a similar article here: http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-theft/motorcycle-theft.htm that puts NYC at 903 – at the top of the list of cities. It would be useful if they broke it down by model or at least type.

        It also just hit me that comp coverage was so absurdly high on my new motorcycle that I passed on it. Theft coverage was considerably less. There may be something to that.

  • Reid

    I’m glad I live where I don’t have to worry much about someone stealing my motorcycle, or my car, or my wallet, or my dog, etc. etc. Cities suck.

  • Malandro

    Pah! In my city (Barcelona) 1565 bikes were stolen between 1st January 2012 and 31 July 2012(the latest available stats). A decrease of 7% for the same period of 2011…

  • Jesse

    So where’s the part about “how to keep yours safe?”

  • http://www.oneplace2save.com/services/office-clearance.html James Bonille

    Hi TIm. Thank you for posting this report here. Motorcycle theft cases have been increased in major cities of US. “How to prevent our vehicles being stolen” is really effective article to read and must be read by motorcycle owners.

  • Ralph Emerson

    This is why I ride an Aprilia (although I have a couple Hondas in the garage too). Nobody steals a bike that can’t be parted-out easily.

    • IAmAConservativeICannotBeWrong

      no need to part it out, just ship it overseas and sell it whole

  • IAmAConservativeICannotBeWrong

    I read somewhere that there were a number of gangs operating in New York City which were responsible for half of the bike-thefts in the city.