PROTECT YOUR TRIP! MOTORCYCLE THEFT RISES FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR – InsuranceNewsNet
Motorcycle thefts up 26%, says new NICB report
In 2021, August was the hottest month for motorcycle theft with nearly 6,000 cycles stolen.
Despite a 3% drop from 2020 to 2021, motorcycle theft is still up 26% from 2019. Of the nearly one million total vehicles stolen last year, 51,291 of them were motorcycles. August was the hottest month with nearly 6,000 cycles swept.
“We have seen an increase in thefts of all types of motor vehicles throughout 2021, and motorcycle thefts are no exception, particularly during the summer months,” said
The top 10 most stolen motorcycle manufacturers in 2021 accounted for 78% of all motorcycles stolen in 2021. Leading the pack were Honda (10,282), Yamaha (8,185),
As thousands of bikers flock to Sturgis and countless other motorcycle owners enjoy the final summer months outdoors, the NICB recommends the following tips to reduce the risk of motorcycle theft:
- Use common sense; park in well-lit places, 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. If your bike is ever stolen, you can use these markings to identify your ownership.
- Don’t leave leaving it idle as that will make it a prime target for thieves.
If your vehicle is stolen, immediately call law enforcement and your insurer. NICB data shows that reporting a vehicle as soon as possible after it has been stolen increases the chances of recovery.
REPORT FRAUD: Anyone with information regarding insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling the toll-free number 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on our website.
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