Motorcycle theft increases in 2021

Unfortunately, the downward trend in motorcycle theft in the United States is reversing. New figures from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) show that motorcycle thefts have increased by 26% compared to 2019. The new statistics reverse the figures from 2020 to 2021, where thefts have decreased by 3%.

Most flights by state

California again leads the nation in total thefts with 9,345 bikes stolen. Next is Texas with 4,263, Florida with 3,698, New York with 2,662 and Washington State rounding out the top five at 1,947.

The most stolen brands

If you are wondering which brands of motorcycles have been stolen the most, the NICB provides the following data:

  • Honda (10,282)
  • Yamaha (8,185)
  • Kawasaki (5,904)
  • Harley-Davidson (5,811)
  • Suzuki (4,890)

Of the approximately 52,000 bikes stolen in the United States in 2021, less than half have been recovered. Only 42% were found.

Secure your journey

To help reduce motorcycle theft, the NICB suggests the following common sense ideas:

  • Park in well-lit areas, lock your ignition and remove your keys.
  • Lock your bike even when it’s stored in a garage.
  • Consider investing in an alarm system.
  • Do not store your title in the storage compartment of your motorcycle.
  • Place unique markings on your motorcycle and take pictures of them. You can use these markings to help identify your property.
  • Don’t walk away from an idling bike. This will make it a prime target for thieves.

Although not everyone has access to a garage, the remaining suggestions can help you maintain your vehicle.

Immediately report your stolen motorcycle to law enforcement. The NICB says reporting quickly increases the chances of getting your bike back.

Earnest L. Veasey