2012 Motorcycle Thefts in the US Decreased by 1%

motorcycle thefts by year
The number of motorcycle thefts in the United States decreased in 2012 compared to 2011 according to a new report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau today.

A total of 46,061 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2012 compared with 46,667 reported stolen in 2011—a decrease of 606 thefts or 1 percent.

American Honda Motor Company, Inc. had the highest reported thefts in 2012 with 9,082. In second place was Yamaha Motor Corporation with 7,517. American Suzuki Motor Corporation (7,017), Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (4,839) and Harley Davidson, Inc. (3,755) round out the top five makes.

California was the state where the most motorcycle thefts occurred in 2012 with 6,082. Florida with 4,110 thefts was second. Texas (3,400), North Carolina (2,574) and Indiana (2,334) complete the top five states.

New YorK, NY topped the list of cities with 903 thefts. In second place was Las Vegas, NV with 757, San Diego, CA was third with 633, Indianapolis, IN with 584 was fourth, and in fifth was Miami, FL with 535.

July had the highest number of reported thefts in 2012 with 5,529, followed by August with 5,290, and June with 4,765. The fewest thefts were reported in February with 2,089, followed by January with 2,481, and December with 2,659.

motorcycle thefts by state

While the recovery rate for motor vehicle thefts in 2012 was 53.9 percent, for motorcycles in that same year it was only 39 percent. If not quickly recovered, stolen motorcycles are often "chopped" with their parts finding their way into the black market supply chain. Others are kept intact and resold to unsuspecting buyers after crude attempts to alter their identification. Still others are hidden away for years and, on occasion, recovered as they are in the process of being exported in shipping containers.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau, headquartered in Des Plaines, IL, is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness.

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau


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