National Insurance Crime Bureau. New York City Is Motorcycle Theft Capital.

motorcycletheftAre you living in a city or state with a very high percentage of motorcycle thefts? It may explain, at least in part, the insurance premium you are paying. The NICB (National Crime Bureau published its statistics for 2012. Highest theft cities? New York, the city where thieves never sleep. Then Las Vegas, where your motorcycle in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. Then San Diego, Indianapolis and Miami.

Highest theft States? California is first, followed by Florida, Texas, North Carolina and Indiana. Most stolen brands? Honda followed by Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Harley Davidson.

Both car & motorcycle thefts have continued to drop in 2012, because of better prevention and of better security systems. 46,061 bikes were stolen, down 1% from previous year. Only 39% were recovered (against 53.9% for cars) You know the reasons: motorcycles are easily chopped, hidden, shipped to a foreign country as motorcycles or as spare parts…

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7 Responses to “National Insurance Crime Bureau. New York City Is Motorcycle Theft Capital.”


  1. 1 .357 Magnum Nov 29th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I remember reading car theft stats that highlighted that car thefts seemed to be highest for models popular with the “rice racer” community. I wonder if the same is true for the racer-wannabes on two wheels? How would the stats stack up if we eliminated all the sportbikes? Are the same areas still the riskiest, and the same brands?

    They seem to be completely different worlds, the racer-wannabe motorcyclists and the tourers/daily riders. It would be nice if we could have them separated when collecting information on safety and crime.

  2. 2 live2rideaglide Nov 29th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    New York, theft capitol, Who woulda thought?

  3. 3 fuji Nov 29th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I would have guessed Harley Davidson would be number one with all the One Percenter’s trying to protect their image.

  4. 4 rob Nov 29th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I’m thinkin there are quite a few insurance jobs in those NYC stats…………..

  5. 5 Knucklehead Nov 30th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    My chain….that’s what the frame is for. Sig Saur 9 gives me the other comfort.

  6. 6 Biker64 Nov 30th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Living a half hour from NYC, I don’t know anybody who does’nt have at least one story of their motorcycle or car being stolen, tampered with or damaged while parked in NYC. It has been like that for the 30 years I have been driving.

  7. 7 nicker Dec 2nd, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    seems “the bad old days” never left.
    (“you meet the nicest people on a Honda”…. NOT!…)

    Makes a Hell-o-va business case for riding an old Beemer……………. 🙂

    -nicker-

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