Approximately 46,470 motorcycles & scooters were stolen in the U.S. in 2016, up 2.2% from 45,455 thefts in 2015, according to figures released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
The top 3 states for motorcycle & scooter theft are also those that are the most populated and thus have the largest pool of two-wheelers: California, with 7,506 thefts; Florida, with 4,482 thefts; and Texas, with 3,692 thefts.
Still, judging by motorcycle & scooter population vs. thefts, the five sketchiest states in which to own a two-wheeler are: 1) South Carolina, 2) Nevada, 3) Maryland, 4) Arkansas, and 5) Missouri (tied with Florida).
The NICB also broke down motorcycle & scooter thefts by brand, and you’ll be happy to know that Vespa are stolen less often than scoots from Genuine and KYMCO. According to the research, there were 398 Vespa scooter reported stolen in 2016 compared to 463 Genuine models and 453 KYMCO models. From 2012-2016, 1,825 Vespa were stolen compared to 2,323 KYMCO and 2,008 Genuine.
The five most-stolen brands of two-wheeler in 2016 were 1) Honda, 2) Yamaha, 3) Suzuki, 4) Kawasaki and 5) Harley-Davidson.
To download the full report, visit the NCIB website HERE.