Motorcycle Thefts Down 24 Percent Since 2007

We are all targeted. But some good news regarding your chances to lose your bike, not to your lender, but to ‘who knows”. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that during year 2007, 65,678 motorcycles were stolen. In 2010, this number dropped 24% to 49,791. The most stolen brands? Hondas (12260) then Yamaha followed by Suzuki, Kawasaki and then Harley-Davidson. California is the most dangerous place to keep your most prized possession at 5,662 thefts, followed by Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Indiana, these 5 states accounting for 37.7 percent of all motorcycle stolen in the United States.

13 Responses to “Motorcycle Thefts Down 24 Percent Since 2007”

  1. 1 Hamish Lamont Dec 28th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Misery loves company? Or older riding population maybe? (even the dirtbags) The only real conclusion I can draw is that you dont always meet the nices people on a Honda.

  2. 2 Toby Dec 28th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Quoting thefts per state is irrelevant and misleading. All those states listed are high population states. One would expect more thefts. The RATE of theft is the important metric here, and the southeast (save for some large metro areas) are among the lowest in the country.

  3. 3 Matt Dec 29th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Agrees with Toby. Not to mention these are some of the states with the most motorcycles per capita.

  4. 4 burnout Dec 29th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Steel Pony New Orleans ’04. Bikes were being stolen left and right. BUT I did see some really hi-dollar bikes parked on Bourbon St with the keys in em! peace

  5. 5 really quit speculating Dec 29th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    the other statistic that is important
    is how far down were new bike sales
    typically new bikes dont have alarms or locks to start off with
    and they are the most stolen due to that.
    so if new unit sales are off then you would expect thefts to be down

  6. 6 Rogue Dec 29th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I did not see anything about how many were recovered,

    I see the Law Enforcement Motorcycle Task Force at most of the larger motorcycle events checking motorcycles.
    I have looked at their recovery record and it does not look good.
    Does anyone have numbers on how many motorcycles the task force has recovered?

    I ask because I have had people suggest that members of law enforcement have been getting paid to go to motorcycle events and other than harassing people have not had a very good sucess rate on recovering motorcycles.
    It also has been suggested they go more to party than actual catch motorcycle thieves.
    I am interested in Hard Facts not some cop getting upset because some one is questioning what he is doing.

  7. 7 Jeff Nicklus Dec 29th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    You know the economy is really, really bad when not even the thieves can afford bolt cutters or bus money to get to the side of town where the good bikes are so they can “own” a motorcycle themselves! Just sayin’ !

    Over & Out,


  8. 8 BigWave916 Dec 30th, 2011 at 4:36 pm


    “Just sayin”?????? Just sayin’ what? is that like a disclaimer to whatever you said? Just sayin’ what that is different from what you just said? Huh?

  9. 9 Jeff Nicklus Dec 30th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    What the hell did you just say BigWave916? Dude put the pipe down!

    Over & Out,


  10. 10 VicBobber28 Dec 30th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Indiana aint a populous state. We just have more than our share of dirtbags. I ride with some of ’em.

  11. 11 warrior rider Dec 30th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    So Jeff, what you’re saying is, you’re having a hard time getting bolt cutters or bus fare? Cuz that’s what I’m getting from your comment.

  12. 12 Jeff Nicklus Dec 30th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Warrior rider,

    Sometimes you amaze me how “bright” you are!

    Over & Out,


  13. 13 nicker Jan 3rd, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    “….did not see anything about how many were recovered,…”

    Was a time when a really unique scooter was immune due to it’s identify-ability.
    Now they simply container-em-up and ship-em overseas.
    Seems there is no “recovery” over there…… 🙁


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