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Where thieves prey on motorcycles

By Crissinda Ponder ·
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Posted: 6 am ET

Motorcyclists ready to hit the road this summer may want to reconsider the measures they take to prevent thieves from making off with their bikes.

More than 45,000 motorcycles were stolen in the U.S. during 2013, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The group's new report shows that the problem is much worse in some states and cities than in others.

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States, cities with most motorcycle thefts

California had the most thefts last year, and the state's total was up 9.1 percent from the 2012 number. Montana had the greatest year-over-year increase in pilfered motorcycles: 37 percent.

The bureau says 10 states with the highest numbers of motorcycle thefts in 2013 were:

  • California: 6,637
  • Florida: 3,735
  • Texas: 3,407
  • North Carolina: 2,490
  • Indiana: 2,199
  • South Carolina: 2,061
  • New York: 1,571
  • Georgia: 1,516
  • Virginia: 1,487
  • Washington: 1,313

The city with the highest number of motorcycle thefts was New York, which increased from 903 in 2012 to 1,001 in 2013. That's about an 11 percent jump. Seattle had the greatest percent increase in thefts, soaring 53.1 percent year-over-year.

Thieves' favorite months and models

Motorcycles are more likely to be stolen during the summer months; July had the highest number of thefts reported in 2013, followed by August and September. The fewest number of thefts were reported during February, the National Insurance Crime Bureau says.

Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki were the top three manufacturers of motorcycles stolen last year.

Still, the total number of thefts in the U.S. decreased 1.5 percent from 2012 to 2013.

To lower the chances of having your bike stolen, the NCIB advises taking several actions, which include installing an anti-theft system, locking your ignition and parking in well-lit areas.

Getting your family ready for fun in the sun? Evaluate your summer insurance needs first.

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