The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released statistics on motorcycle thefts for 2016, and the results show a slight increase in the number of motorcycles that were reported stolen last year.
Accordingly, the NICB says that 46,467 motorcycles were reported stolen last year, up from the 45,555 motorcycles that were reported stolen in 2015 – an increase of 2%. This figure of course does not include motorcycles that were stolen, but not reported to police or insurance companies.
While there was an increase in motorcycle thefts last year, 2016’s figure is still well below the figure set just a decade ago in 2006, which saw 66,774 motorcycles reported as stolen – a 30% decrease.
According to the NICB, August is the month most likely to see motorcycle thefts, while February has the fewest – a trend that the NICB attributes to the weather. Unsurprisingly too, the most motorcycle thefts occur in states with the most motorcyclists.
An interesting factoid from all this is that roughly one-third of motorcycle thefts in the United States are recovered by authorities.