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10 Cities Where Your Motorcycle is Most Likely to be Stolen

Time to invest in some extra security? Find out if your city or state is one of the worst offenders!

 

State wise, it doesn’t take a genius to work out which areas are likely to fall victim to motorcycle thieves. Taking a look at the graphic here, it’s plain to see: if it has the weather for all year ‘round riding and comes with a coastline, it’s going to be one of the worst. These statistics come from the National Crime Bureau between the years 2013 to 2014/15. Since 2015 isn’t done yet, we’ve abbreviated 2014/15 to a simple 2014 instead.

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However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your bike is going to get stolen. Now, let’s narrow it down to the top 10 cities that are most plagued by motorcycle thefts…

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10 – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Interestingly, Albuquerque makes it into tenth place, despite the fact that New Mexico as a state doesn’t even make it into the top 25 worst offenders. In 2013, there were 286 recorded thefts in the city, but in 2014 that figure increased to 390 – up by an unbelievable 36%. Living in Albuquerque? It might be time to invest in a ground anchor or two…

9 – Los Angeles, California

Unlike New Mexico, California is in the “worst offenders” segment, in fact, it sits in the top spot. However, Los Angeles isn’t doing that badly. Back in 2013, only 545 thefts were reported – surprising, considering the city’s population and bike culture. In 2014, that figure fell dramatically, to a mere 397; that’s down 36%. Not bad, considering the amount of bikes on the road.

8 – Indianapolis, Indiana

Another curve ball. The state, as a whole, is like New Mexico: low on thefts overall. However, Indianapolis as a city ranks as the eighth worst. It shouldn’t be too surprising though, given the city’s world famous raceway and biking culture but even so… Back in 2013, Indianapolis recorded 576 motorcycle thefts. In 2014, only 422. That’s a decrease of 27%.

7 – Houston, Texas

Texas, like California, has a huge biking culture, so it’s no surprise that Houston makes an appearance on this list. Its 2013 theft statistic counted 520 motorcycle thefts. In 2014, it decreased by 16% to 439. Overall, given factors like population, bike ownership etc, that’s not actually too bad.

6 – San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, on the other hand didn’t fare so well. As Texas’s worst city for motorcycle thefts, San Antonio recorded an increase of 7% for bike thefts between 2013 and 2014, from a low 416 to 447, respectively.

5 – San Francisco, California

San Francisco also saw a massive increase in thefts between 2013 and 2014. In fact, the city went from a respectable 386 recorded thefts to a staggering 516. That’s an increase of 34%, the second largest increase of motorcycle theft in the whole country.

4 – Miami, Florida

This one isn’t so surprising, Miami, and Florida in general, tick all of the boxes for high motorcycle theft statistics; they’ve got the weather, they’ve got the amount bikes on the roads and a large population. Miami documented 452 bike thefts in 2013 and 541 in 2014, showing an increase of 20%.

3 – San Diego, California

San Diego follows the standard California pattern but don’t forget that these statistics are always going to be stacked against California, one of the largest motorcycling regions in the world. Fortunately, like Los Angeles, San Diego’s motorcycle thefts have actually decreased. Bad luck for our San Franciscan friends… Anyway, San Diego recorded a nice, round 700 thefts in 2013, compared with an equally round 650 in 2014, dropping 7%.

2 – New York City, New York

The Big Apple, or Big Bad Apple for motorcyclists claims the second place on the podium. New York is interesting though, because it’s bike theft statistics could include more than your average sports bike; in fact, scooter thefts may be the brunt of this, as they are the ideal mode of big city transport. Anyway, NYC scored a massive 1,001 thefts in 2013, which increased by 3% in 2014 to 1,034.

1 – Las Vegas, Nevada

As a state, Nevada is not the worst place for motorcycle thefts…but as a city, Las Vegas is the worst in the country. In 2013, Las Vegas was second place behind New York with only 899 recorded thefts to its name, but fast forward a year and the title has changed hands. Las Vegas recorded an increase of 29%, to a whopping 1,163 in 2014.

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Honorable mentions go to Austin, Texas; Columbia, South Carolina; Phoenix, Arizona; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Orlando, Florida. These guys took positions 11 to 15, respectively.

But if you live in any of these cities, or just care about your bike in general, in might be worth beefing up your security…

Categories: Motorcycles

Joe Appleton
About Joe Appleton

I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…