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Motorcycle thefts on increase in Texas, U.S.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Motorcycle thefts are on the rise in Texas and other states.

The Empire State had the fifth-highest rate of motorcycle theft in the most recent report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau covering 2014 to 2015.

The New York Insurance Association says thefts in New York increased 23 percent during the period, from 1,544 to 1,902.

A total of 45,555 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2015 compared with 42,856 reported stolen in 2014—an increase of 6 percent.

The top three states with the most registered motorcycles topped the list. California led with 7,221 thefts, followed by Florida (4,758) and Texas (3,403). Thefts in the Lone Star State were up 4 percent year-over-year.

South Carolina was fourth (2,160), while North Carolina (1,866), Nevada (1,408), Georgia (1,393), Indiana (1,333) and Virginia (1,253) rounded out the top 10.

The most thefts occurred in August and the fewest in February, a weather-related pattern that’s been consistent for years.

The top 10 most stolen motorcycles in 2015 by manufacturer were American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (8,674 thefts), Yamaha Motor Corporation (7,214), American Suzuki Motor Corporation (6,065), Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (4,920), Harley Davidson, Inc. (4,416), Taotao Group Co. Ltd (2,757), KTM Sportmotorcycle AG (630), Astronautical Bashan (620), Jonway Group Co., Ltd. (520) and Kymco U.S.A., Inc. (512).

The complete report is available at: www.nicb.org/File%20Library/Public%20Affairs/2015-Motorcycle-Theft-ForeCAST.PDF

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