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post #1 of 7 Old Dec 9th, 2006, 10:24 am Thread Starter
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For those with interest (or should you check your insurance)
Not sure if the PA # is off by 1, when Hambones HD Softtail was stolen, he called me, I called some unsavory types The bike was returned unscathed within 24hrs.
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Des Plaines, IL - The National Insurance Crime Bureau today announced the top ten states for motorcycle thefts in 2005. They are, with theft totals in parentheses, as follows:

1. California (9,110)
2. Florida (6,324)
3. Texas (5,755)
4. North Carolina (3,053)
5. Ohio (2,573)
6. Arizona (2,464)
7. New York (2,195)
8. Indiana (2,186)
9. Georgia (2,159)
10. Pennsylvania (2,021)

The complete list for 2005, as well as 2004, is available at http://www.nicb.org/.

Nationally, 70,613 motorcycles were stolen in 2005 which is a slight decrease from the 71,108 stolen in 2004. This represents a loss of over $434 million to motorcycle owners and the insurance industry.

Motorcyclists oftentimes lavish great attention on their cycles, from elaborate paint schemes and chromed parts to specialized frames and high-performance engines and exhaust systems. It's not uncommon for a motorcycle's base price to exceed $20,000 with aftermarket parts adding thousands of dollars more to the original cost.

With recovery rates typically in the 25-30% range nationally, motorcycle owners need to take every precaution in protecting their investments. NICB recommends the following tips to help prevent motorcycle theft:


Be wary of used cycles titled or registered as an "assembled vehicle." If possible, have your insurer inspect the cycle prior to purchasing it.


Verify that a previously-driven cycle titled and registered as a popular brand name is not an assembled clone made from aftermarket components.


Look closely at used cycles for a title history that reveals numerous manufacturers' statements of origin for major component parts.

Watch for cycles alleged to be "all custom." They could be assembled from stolen or altered aftermarket parts, especially chrome components.

Be wary of cycles or major component parts that were allegedly acquired at a "swap meet."

Obtain an expert appraisal and/or insurance policy pre-inspection before purchasing and insuring a used cycle.

Robert M. Bryant, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NICB advises, "Above all else, adequately insure all of your property, not just motorcycles and vehicles, against damage and theft. Don't wait until tragedy strikes before reviewing your insurance coverage. All too often people suffer severe economic loss which could have been prevented with sufficient coverage. Examine your policies closely and if you have questions or need clarification, contact your insurance company."

The National Insurance Crime Bureau is the nation's leading non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through information analysis, investigations, training and public awareness.
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Probably more important to us is theft rate by brand, than by locale. When I bought my LT in 2003, I was surprised that my insurance was less than a third of my brother's, who owned an HD at the time. My agent said the theft rate for BMWs was almost nil, nobody steals BMWs.
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...with theft totals in parentheses, as follows:

1. California (9,110)
2. Florida (6,324)
3. Texas (5,755)
4. North Carolina (3,053)
5. Ohio (2,573)
6. Arizona (2,464)
7. New York (2,195)
8. Indiana (2,186)
9. Georgia (2,159)
10. Pennsylvania (2,021)
I have a small feeling that the above list also coincides (almost identically) with the total number of motorcycles in each one of those states. In other words...CA has the most bikes, no big surprise that they have the most being stolen, and so on.
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I have a small feeling that the above list also coincides (almost identically) with the total number of motorcycles in each one of those states. In other words...CA has the most bikes, no big surprise that they have the most being stolen, and so on.
Yup, no doubt about that. You try to keep your crotch rocket in SO CA!

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I have a small feeling that the above list also coincides (almost identically) with the total number of motorcycles in each one of those states. In other words...CA has the most bikes, no big surprise that they have the most being stolen, and so on.

1. California (9,110)
2. Florida (6,324)
3. Texas (5,755)

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Might have a statistically significant relationship to Spanish speaking popolations.

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1. California (9,110)
2. Florida (6,324)
3. Texas (5,755)

Might have a statistically significant relationship to Spanish speaking popolations.
Language causes theft?



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I have a small feeling that the above list also coincides (almost identically) with the total number of motorcycles in each one of those states. In other words...CA has the most bikes, no big surprise that they have the most being stolen, and so on.
I'm almost 100% sure that is Not right.
I think Pa is 3rd in registard bikes (I don't the most recent stats in front of me. I know that Fla was coming on very strong in growth, with the modification of their helmet law.
I'll get the numbers hows that?
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