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According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), a total of 42,856 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2014 compared with 45,367 reported stolen in 2013—a decrease of six percent. While not an earth-shattering figure, it is certainly good news for motorcycle owners as overall motorcycle sales in 2014 increased by four percent over their 2013 total.
Of course, with this silver lining comes a cloud. The top 10 states with the most reported motorcycles thefts in 2014 were California (6,355), Florida (3,981), Texas (3,274), South Carolina (2,146), North Carolina (2,117), New York (1,544), Indiana (1,508), Nevada (1,488), Georgia (1,455) and Maryland (1,127).
In addition to being the number one state, California also has three of the top ten cities for motorcycle thefts: were Las Vegas (1,163), New York (1,034), San Diego (650), Miami (541), San Francisco (516), San Antonio (447), Houston (439), Indianapolis (422), Los Angeles (397) and Albuquerque, N.M. (390).
The top 10 most stolen motorcycles in 2014 by manufacturer were American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (8,045), Yamaha Motor Corporation (6,728), American Suzuki Motor Corporation (5,987), Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (4,497), Harley Davidson, Inc. (4,146), Taotao Group Co. Ltd (1,730), Astronautical Bashan (535), Jonway Group Co., Ltd. (503), KTM Sportmotorcycle AG (489) and Genuine Cycle (449).
The best defense against theft is to lock your motorcycle, even when stored in a garage. Many motorcycle manufacturers now offer elaborate alarm systems similar to those for automobiles. Of course, you should also make surer you have the appropriate coverage for your motorcycle. Many insurance companies specialize in that type of insurance policy. Sit down with your insurance professional and make sure you have protection you need.