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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)


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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 https://www.nicb.org/File%20Library/Public%20Affairs/2015-Motorcycle-Theft-ForeCAST.PDF 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 www.nicb.org. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Google+ Instagram Blog

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