Do you own a motorcycle? You might want to read this.
BY VICTORIA PRUSSEN SPEARS
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A total of 46,467 motorcycles were reported stolen in the United States in 2016, compared with 45,555 reported stolen in 2015 — an increase of two percent.
According to a report released by the National Crime Insurance Bureau (NCIB), the top 10 stateswith the most reported motorcycles thefts in 2016 were:
- California (7,506).
- Florida (4,482).
- Texas (3,692).
- South Carolina (2,057).
- North Carolina (1,847).
- New York (1,731).
- Indiana (1,397).
- Georgia (1,296).
- Missouri (1,195)
- Nevada (1,177).
The top 10 cities for motorcycle thefts in 2016 were:
- New York (1,209).
- San Diego (849).
- Las Vegas (818).
- Los Angeles (760).
- San Francisco (616).
- Miami (610).
- Houston (607).
- San Antonio (411).
- Phoenix (347).
- Austin, Texas (343).
The NCIB also reported that the top 10 most stolen motorcycles in 2016 by manufacturer were:
- American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (9,052 thefts).
- Yamaha Motor Corporation (7,723).
- American Suzuki Motor Corporation (6,229).
- Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (5,221).
- Harley Davidson, Inc. (4,953).
- Taotao Group Co. Ltd (2,673).
- KTM Sportmotorcycle AG (762).
- Ducati Motor Holding (521).
- Genuine Cycle (463).
- Kymco U.S.A., Inc. (453).
The most motorcycle thefts occurred in August (5,251) and the fewest in February (2,547), which continues to reflect a weather-influenced pattern that is consistent with previous years, according to the NCIB.
Motorcycle thefts are down considerably since 2006, when 66,774 were stolen.