California led the nation with the most motorcycle thefts in 2014, an issue that may cause concern for those residents who rely on motorcycles or scooters as their primary form of transportation. A report recently released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau indicates that on a national scale, such thefts decreased by 6 percent from 2013 to 2014, while motorcycle and scooter sales rose by 4 percent.
Statistically, the states in which high levels of motorcycle theft occurred are also states with high populations. Additionally, it is helpful to note that the cities with the greatest numbers of such thefts were cities with large populations. Three California cities were among the top 15 locations with the highest levels of motorcycle theft. San Francisco experienced a 34 percent increase in these incidents, but Los Angeles experienced a 27 percent decrease in such thefts. The most common brand involved in motorcycle theft cases was Honda, which may indicate that scooters account for a large number of the reported incidents. There were nearly twice as many Hondas stolen as Harley-Davidsons.
Because a rider's location may be more risky for this type of theft, it is important to take extra precautions to protect one's motorcycle or scooter. While the study in question provides helpful information about location-related risks, it does not address the manner in which such thefts reportedly occurred. For example, garage storage may carry fewer risks than parking on a street. Theft-prevention solutions may be important for those considering an investment in an at-risk model in the future.
An individual facing charges of stealing a motorcycle may find that the assistance of a lawyer is important for responding to criminal charges. For example, a lawyer might identify search-and-seizure violations or other violations of a client's civil rights that might warrant the dropping of charges.