If you have a Honda motorcycle and you live in California, you are at a very high risk of having your motorcycle stolen. But if you ride a Harley and you live in another state, your ride is at lower risk of being stolen. These are lessons learned from motorcycle theft statistics, let’s see what else is hidden behind the numbers.
Lesson from the List of Most Frequently Stolen Motorcycle Brands
Here’s the list of Most Frequently Stolen Motorcycles in 2009 (National Insurance Crime Bureau, NICB):
#1 Honda, 13,688
#2 Yamaha, 11,148
#3 Suzuki, 9,154
#4 Kawasaki, 5,911
#5 Harley-Davidson, 3,529.
Theft of these motorcycles accounted for 77.4 percent of the total motorcycle theft in the United States.
Harleys tend to be more expensive than Hondas and Yamahas. Why then thieves prefer sports motorcycles? Harley owners like to personalize their motorcycles. And thieves prefer to stay away from personalized bikes that can be easily recognized. Sports bikes, on the other hand, are lighter and easier to take apart, and there are thousands of them of the same make, color, and model.
Lesson: Personalize your motorcycle to make it harder for resale on the black market.
Lesson from the Steady Decline of Motorcycle Theft
According to NICB, motorcycle thefts have been declining for several years, 13 percent down from 2008 to 2009. But the decline in motorcycle theft coincided with fewer motorcycle sales and production. Motorcycle sales between 2008 and 2009 fell by 40.8 percent. Production of Japanese motorcycles was down 47.4 percent in the same period.
Lesson: You should still take extra care to prevent your motorcycle from being stolen. Fewer motorcycle thefts resulted from fewer motorcycles on the road—motorcycle thefts are still common.
Lesson from Motorcycle Theft Recovery Rates
Only 25-30 percent of stolen motorcycles are recovered, compared to 65-70 percent for motor vehicles (NICB, 2009). This is not surprising, considering how easy it is for a motorcycle to be taken apart and altered.
Lesson from Monthly Motorcycle Theft Reports
In 2009, as in previous years, the summer months of July, August and June had the most theft activity. The months of December, February, and January had the fewest thefts.
A former motorcycle thief confessed that bad weather, rain, and wind work in his favor. And these conditions are typical of the winter months. If we consider this, we can speculate that joy riders are much more active during the summer—after all, you can’t have a joy ride in joyless weather.
Lesson: If your motorcycle gets stolen during the summer months, you have a better chance of finding it in your own neighborhood. Joy riders often ditch stolen motorcycles near the crime scene.
Lesson from the List of the Top 5 States with the Most Motorcycle Thefts
The states with most motorcycle theft activity in 2009, according to NICB, were “(1) California, 6,273; (2) Texas, 5,526; (3) Florida, 5,009; (4) North Carolina, 3,045; and (5) Georgia, 2,067. These five states accounted for 21,920 thefts or 39 percent of the total.”
Lesson: If you ride a sports bike like Honda in one of those states, you should take extra care of your motorcycle’s safety.
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