Motorcycle Thefts Decline for Fifth Straight Year

Los Angeles bumps Miami out of the top five cities for theft

Mark Masker

Earlier this month, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB to you ancronymphiles) released its annual motorcycle theft report. The good news: bike thefts are down for the fifth consecutive year since 2008 (45,367 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2013 compared with 46,601 reported stolen in 2012). However, the trend seems to be leveling off. Between 2008 and 2011, thefts fell a total of 32.2%. In the last two years, though, the rate of fall slowed to 1.3% and 1.5%. Here's how the stats broke down for 2013:

Top Five Manufacturers Stolen: Honda 8,557 Yamaha 7,038 Suzuki 6,378 Kawasaki 4,736 Harley-Davidson 3,907

Top Five States with the Most Thefts: California 6,637 Florida 3,735 Texas 3,407 North Carolina 2,490 Indiana 2,199

Top Five Cities with the Most Thefts: New York 1,001 Las Vegas 899 San Diego 700 Indianapolis 576 Los Angeles 545

LA knocked Miami out of fifth place this year. Most of the pilfering occurred in the summer months when everyone was out riding; winter months accounted for the fewest (which is kind of a no-brainer when you think about it, but I digress). If you want some handy tips on how to protect your ride, the NICB has a .pdf you can check out here. If you want to see the full report, click here.