Motorcycle Theft And Recovery Report By National Insurance Crime Bureau

cyril-huze-theftThe National Insurance Crime Bureau released its 2014 United States Theft and Recovery report for 2014 and 2015 (through 6/30/2015) Nationally, the report is better than in 2013. There were 42,856 motorcycle thefts recorded in 2014 (17,757, or 41% of motorcycles were recovered) 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 good news. The number of thefts decreased is a sign of steady decrease in motorcycle thefts since 2011, with 8% fewer thefts in 2014 compared to three years prior.
Theft1The top three states for motorcycle theft last year were California (6,355), Florida (3,981), and Texas (3,274). The state with the fewest thefts was Wyoming, with a total of 23 last year. There are 16 states that saw an increase in the number of motorcycle thefts in 2014 compared to 2013, with DC having the highest increase (54%). There are 35 states that saw a decrease in the number of motorcycle thefts in 2014 compared to 2013, with Wyoming having the highest decrease (-43%).
theft3Unsurprisingly, the summer months saw the highest number of thefts and the winter months the lowest. 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.
theft4There were a total of 473 motorcycle14 makes identified within the 42,856 motorcycle thefts in the U.S. in 2014. The following table displays the top 15 makes with motorcycle thefts in 2014. The top 15 makes accounted for 34,970 of the total 42,856 thefts in 2014 or about 82%. Honda accounted for the most thefts in 2014 with 8,045 motorcycle thefts, with Yamaha 2nd, and Suzuki 3rd. Of the top 15 makes, 5 had a decline in the reported number of thefts in 2014 compared to 2013. Suzuki and Honda listed the highest decrease (-6%) in motorcycle thefts in 2014. The remaining 10 of the top 15 makes had increased in the number of thefts in 2014 compared to 2013.
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8 Responses to “Motorcycle Theft And Recovery Report By National Insurance Crime Bureau”


  1. 1 Nov 4th, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Motorcycling becoming less popular, or maybe the aging demographics steal less bikes that when they were young 😉 ?

  2. 2 takehikes Nov 4th, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I want to know percentage per state to give me an idea which has the most thefts. Not surprising here in CA we have more thefts, we have more bikes.

  3. 3 marcus Nov 4th, 2015 at 11:54 am

    takehikes is correct. Thefts by state or city is a useless metric. It correlates with population/bike numbers. A better metric is thefts per 1000 people in a state or region; or thefts per 1000 bikes. Insurance companies use these later metrics for the theft risk portion of your premium.

    Interesting that there are a bunch of off-brand Asian makes that have high theft numbers.

  4. 4 BUNNYTOES Nov 5th, 2015 at 7:29 am

    All interesting for the Bean-Counters, but a more valuable study would be–which theft-prevention devices were most effective; eg–chain and lock, chain-link fence, garage, alarm system, and so-on

  5. 5 Rogue Nov 5th, 2015 at 8:29 am

    The amount of motorcycles stolen is definitely in proportion to the amount of motorcycles in an area.
    Antitheft devices on motorcycles deter many thieves as well as numbers on parts that can be traced making fewer parts thieves can sell and or use.
    I was recently at the AIMExpo and there were numerous antitheft devices there. Motorcyclist realizing that theft of motorcycles is an issue and are taking steps to keep their motorcycle from being stolen and or being able to track and get it back.

  6. 6 John Nov 5th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    The off brand asian stuff being stolen does not shock me as (at least in my area) they are owned by low income people who live in low income high crime areas… no real value so most are prob stolen ridden and dumped

  7. 7 Roberto Nov 8th, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I hope those numbers don’t increase,but i have a feeling they will…..

  8. 8 Nov 9th, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    So John, does that make it alright to take someone else’s bike ??
    Who’s to say that the Honda does not mean as much to that rider as
    the Harley does to some other guy (or you)?
    Granted the cost is WAY different & there may not be as many accessories.
    But if it is all about “the Ride” does it really matter .
    If someone stole my Kawasaki Nomad
    (which I have accessorized past stock) I would be heartbroken
    That is MY ride & I would defy anyone who would try to take it from me,
    & defend it as much as the law would allow !!!!
    (Several 9 mm & a 12 gauge)

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