When it comes to motorcycles, thieves prefer Hondas.
Crooks swiped 12,260 Honda motorcycles last year, making them the most stolen brand, according to a new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which analyzed data covering 2007 to 2010 from the National Crime Information Center. Other models among the most stolen motorcycles: Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Harley-Davidson. Together the five brands accounted for 38,753 thefts in 2010, or 78 percent of the 49,791 stolen motorcycles.
The good news? Total motorcycle thefts were down 11 percent from the 2009 total of 56,093 and down 24 percent from the 2007 total of 65,678.
The drop in thefts dovetails with the continuing decline in thefts of cars and light trucks. It also reflects a decline in motorcycle sales. The Motorcycle Industry Council pegs 2010 motorcycle sales at 439,678 units, down 16 percent from 520,502 in 2009.
Motorcycle thieves were most active in the summer months last year. In July 5,714 bikes were stolen. The fewest thefts--2,403--were reported in February.
A drop in theft is good for insurance rates because it means lower costs for insurance companies.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau, headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., and supported by more than 1,100 casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations, investigates insurance fraud and works to prevent it.