The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently released its 2014 Theft and Recovery report, which tracks motorcycle thefts and recoveries for 2014 and 2015 (through 6/30/2015) in the United States and District of Columbia. Overall, the report is somewhat positive; there were 42,856 motorcycle thefts recorded in 2014, which is a 6% decrease from the year prior. Considering motorcycle sales have increased 4% from 2013 (465,783) to 2014 (483,526), this is an encouraging sign. More good news is a sign of steady decrease in motorcycle thefts since 2011, with 8% fewer thefts in 2014 compared to three years prior.
The overall report shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone, as the summer months saw the highest number of thefts (August and July being the top two months) and the winter months the lowest. Unsurprisingly, California was the state with the highest theft count (6,355), but the District of Columbia saw the highest percentage increase (54%) in thefts from 2013 to 2014. And despite California having the most thefts, the city with the highest theft rate was Las Vegas, Nevada (1,163), with 29% more stolen motorcycles compared to the year prior.
Honda owners should be the most cautious, as it was the manufacturer stolen the most, followed by Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki. The Jonway Group of Chinese motorcycles and scooters saw the biggest percentage increase (53%) from 2013 to 2014.
Of the 42,856 thefts in 2014, 17,757, or 41% of motorcycles were recovered.
Some other interesting tidbits from the report:
Read the full report here.