The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported that in 2010, motorcycle thefts were down 24% from their 2007 total. There were 65,678 motorcycles reported stolen in 2007 compared with 49,791 in 2010.. All data is from theft reports contained in the National Crime Information Center.
The top five makes stolen last year were: (1) Honda, 12,260; (2) Yamaha, 9,853; (3) Suzuki, 7,869; (4) Kawasaki, 5,470; and (5) Harley-Davidson, 3,301. Combined, these five brands accounted for 38,753 thefts in 2010, or 77.8 percent of the total.
For 2010, the top five states with the most motorcycle thefts were: (1) California, 5,662; (2) Texas, 4,394; (3) Florida, 4,148; (4) North Carolina, 2,649; and (5) Indiana, 1,925. These five states accounted for 18,778 thefts, or 37.7 percent of the total.
While overall thefts are down, reflecting the continuing decline in thefts of passenger vehicles and light trucks, so, too, are motorcycle sales. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, motorcycle sales between 2009 (520,502 units) and 2010 (439,678 units) were down 16 percent.
Not surprising, in 2010, the summer months of July (5,714) and August (5,380) saw the most theft activity. The fewest thefts were recorded during the months of February (2,403) and December (2,763). Over the entire period covered by this report, 2007-2010, July recorded the most thefts (26,352) while the fewest occurred in December (13,944).
Though motorcycle thefts declined 11% from 2009 (56,093) through 2010 (49,791), Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Kansas, Oregon, West Virginia, Hawaii, Delaware, District of Columbia, Vermont and Arkansas saw increases in motorcycle thefts from 2009 through 2010.
Of the 49,791 motorcycle thefts, there were 17,047 motorcycles recovered from 01/01/2010 through 05/31/2011. July and August were the months with the greatest motorcycle recoveries while January and February were the months with the fewest motorcycle recoveries.
The states with the most motorcycle thefts in 2009 and 2010 also had the highest recoveries for the same period; these states were California (5,662 thefts and 2,033 recoveries), Texas (4,394 thefts and 1,303 recoveries) and Florida (4,148 thefts and 1,468 recoveries). Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki were the motorcycle makes with both the most motorcycle thefts and recoveries.