Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

NICB: Motorcycle Thefts Post Increase in 2015

Bryan Bosch

2015 thefts up six percent from 2014


DES PLAINES, IL – April 14, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a report on motorcycle thefts inthe United States for 2015. A total of 45,555 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2015 compared with 42,856 reported stolen in 2014—an increase of six percent.


Motorcycle thefts have been on a consecutive, nine-year decline going from 66,774 thefts in 2006 to 42,856 in 2014 for a drop of 36 percent. When we include 2015’s number, the decline is still a healthy 32 percent for the period.


The top 10 states with the most reported motorcycles thefts in 2015 were:

  • California(7,221)
  • Florida (4,758)
  • Texas (3,403)
  • South Carolina (2,160)
  • New York (1,902)
  • North Carolina (1,866)
  • Nevada (1,408)
  • Georgia (1,393)
  • Indiana (1,333)
  • Virginia (1,253)

The top 10 cities for motorcycle thefts in 2015 were:

  • New York (1,340)
  • Las Vegas (1,042)
  • San Francisco (729)
  • San Diego (717)
  • Miami (713)
  • Houston (517)
  • Los Angeles (486)
  • San Antonio (431)
  • Indianapolis (375)
  • Albuquerque, (373)

The top 10 most stolen motorcycles in 2015 by manufacturer were:

  • American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (8,674 thefts)
  • Yamaha Motor Corporation (7,214)
  • American Suzuki Motor Corporation (6,065)
  • Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (4,920)
  • Harley Davidson, Inc. (4,416)
  • Taotao Group Co. Ltd (2,757)
  • KTM Sportmotorcycle AG (630)
  • Astronautical Bashan (620)
  • Jonway Group Co., Ltd. (520)
  • Kymco U.S.A., Inc. (512)


>>>Related Content: How to secure your motorcycle against theft.


The most motorcycle thefts occurred in August (5,269) and the fewest in February (2,093) which continues to reflect a weather-influenced pattern that is consistent with previous years.


The complete report is available here or by pasting into your browser.


Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.


About the National Insurance Crime Bureau
Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $395 billion in insurance premiums in 2014, or more than 78 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 93 percent ($176 billion) of the nation’s personal auto insurance. To learn more visit Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Google+ Instagram Blog

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

User Feedback

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Reply with:

  • Similar Content

    • By dieseldork
      As the title says, I'm looking for something better to help contain my bike in the bed of my truck.
      I like these two things:
      and have considered things like these:
      The top two are pretty expensive.... but if they work great, they're probably worth it. I can't help but wonder about just using some plain 'ol load binders like these to clamp the bike by the pegs to some d-rings I install in the bed floor.
      Just a random thought on the last one.
      Thoughts and comments?
    • By Motomotives
      Need some feedback on this one. I'm interested in finding out how most of us transport our bikes. Doing some research on the most common method and can't seem find a reliable survey.
      Let me know who prefers van, truck, open trailer, closed trailer, toy hauler, or receiver hitch rack.
      Look forward to the results and will post percentages.
      Thanks guys.
    • By oceantrav
      Got a brand new bike, and started getting concerned about it getting stolen. Whats the best steps to take to prevent this?
      I know insurance is an option, but I hate paying for insurance. My bike is kept in a garage, and I usually have two bikes, so I was thinking a thick chain locking them together would probaly spoil an attempt to steal them. Does that sound like a decent plan? I wouldnt think that bike theifs would plan on the bikes being chained together, therefor they wouldnt have bolt cutters, but they could always come back.......
      When I travel to ride and stay at a hotel I keep it in my locked motovan that has no stickers, etc. It also has no windows in the back, so I feel kinda safe with it since no one would know whats in there.
    • By cadman_ks
      I've been thinking about getting some of these for use when I'm trailering my bike, or especially when I it loaded in the back of my truck:

      But, the reason that I'm hesitant, is because KTM redesigned the fender in 2014 so that mud doesn't pile up on it.  That's a good thing, but it doesn't look like one of these things will work now, since the underside of the fender is more or less flat across the bottom.
      One thing that I guess would make it work would be to alter it to something like this:

      Has anyone used one of these, or something simliar on a 2014, and do they work, or do they need to be modified???