Motorcycle riders were no doubt happy to hear the news that motorcycle thefts are on the decline across the US. 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.
Although overall thefts are down, California is in the number one spots with 6,355 stolen motorcycles, followed by 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).
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 two things you should do for your motorcycle are obtaining a security system or at least a good lock and use both all the time – even at home. Second, make sure you have the right coverage should the worst happen. Talk to your insurance professional and be sure you are covered.