The National Crime Information Center, an electronic clearinghouse of nationwide crime data aggregated by the FBI released these numbers. In 2013 thefts continued to decline, a trend started after 2008. 45,367 motorcycles were stolen in 2013, the equivalent of one every every nine minutes. Only 37 percent of the motorcycles stolen last year in the U.S. were recovered. Because of the prevalence of custom parts in motorcycles, it is common for them to be dismantled and sold for parts.
In 2009 and 2010, thefts declined by more than 10 percent. In the past two years, national numbers show a decline of little more than 1 percent. Logically cities and states where there are consistent riding conditions are those with the largest number of thefts. The states and cities where were reported the largest number of thefts are 1. California 2. Florida 3. Texas and 1. New York 2. Las Vegas 3. San Diego. Nationwide, Thefts are seasonal trend. July had the highest number with 5,360. August was next with 5,288 and September with 4,793.