NICB: Motorcycle Thefts Still Waning
If you live in California and ride a Honda motorcycle, the chances of having it stolen are higher than if you live in Colorado and drive
a Harley, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) 2011 Motorcycle Theft and Recovery report.
Similar to theft trends for passenger vehicles, Hondas continue to be frequently
targeted. Hondas topped the list of the
five most stolen makes of motorcycles in
2011, with 11,014 reported as stolen. Following Honda were Yamaha, Suzuki and
Kawasaki models, with 8,880, 7,281 and
5,009 lifted (respectively).
As for Harley-Davidsons, a total of
3,120 were taken from owners in 2011.
These five most targeted brands accounted for 35,304 thefts last year, or about 76
percent of the total.
Despite these distressing numbers,
the NICB reports a declining trend in
motorcycle theft. In 2011, for instance,
such crimes were down 6 percent from
the 2010 total. There were 46,667 motorcycles reported stolen in 2011 compared
with 49,791 in 2010.
It is worth noting that although overall
thefts waned in 2011, motorcycle sales slightly increased. Citing the Motorcycle Industry
Council, NICB reports that sales increased
in 2011 to 440,899 units compared to the
439,678 units sold the year prior.
Nevertheless, the U.S. motorcycle theft
rate averages out to one theft every 11
minutes. Industry experts speculate the
fact that many bikes are not equipped
with adequate theft-deterrence technology is fueling the problem.
As expected, traditionally warm states
and warm months logged the most thefts.
In 2011, the top five states with the most
motorcycle thefts accounted for roughly
39 percent of the total stolen. Last year,
states logged the highest number of robberies during the warm months of July and
August, with 5,544 and 5,397, respectively.
On the other end of the thermometer,
the cooler months of February and December witnessed the fewest thefts with
2,147 and 2,475, respectively.
California retains its status as a hotbed
for both motorcycle and car thefts, comprising 5,927 of the 18,384 reported by
the top five:
1 California ( 5,927)
2 Texas ( 3,950)
3 Florida ( 3,927)
4 North Carolina ( 2,466)
5 Indiana ( 2,114)
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a lagoon to avoid hitting a pelican on
Nov. 12, 2009. He had owned the car for
about a month at the time of the incident.
The video, however, “does not appear to
confirm that a pelican was in Mr. House’s
immediate field of vision,” according to
The fact that House left the car running in the lagoon for 15 minutes after
the accident—leading to severe damage
to the engine—raised additional suspicion. But the allegations don’t stop there.
The insurer says it obtained information
Motorcycle Theft Is Down
6 Percent, But Not So Fast…
Although the crime has dropped in
past years, motorcycle theft remains
a costly problem for insurers and
consumers alike, especially when you
J A motorcycle is stolen every
minutes in the U.S.
J California continues to report the
most motorcycle and car thefts
of any state.
J The hottest month for motorcycle
theft? July, with 5,544 bikes
stolen in 2011.
J The coolest? February, with 2, 147
bikes lifted that same year.
The NICB extracted all data from reports in the National Crime Information
Center database. —By Christina Bramlet, PropertyCasualty360.com
from a confidential informant who alleges House offered him money to “steal”
the Bugatti and burn it for an insurance
Other than the allegations of fraud,
Philadelphia says House violated the
terms of the collector-vehicle insurance policy by using the Bugatti for errands, business trips, and driving to and
from work. The insurer alleges House
drove the car 1,200 miles during his
one-month ownership—about 2. 5 times
more than the previous owner did in
three years. —By Chad Hemenway,