NICB Reports Slight Drop in Watercraft Thefts in 2015

May 18, 2016

As boating season nears, the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual study of watercraft theft reports that watercraft theft declined three percent in 2015. A total of 5,051 watercraft were reported stolen between January 1 and December 31, 2015. The report is based on theft data contained in the National Crime Information Center database for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.MotorBoat

The top five states for thefts in descending order were:

NICB Chart 1

The top five cities for thefts in descending order were:

thumbnail_Chart 2The top five types of watercraft stolen were:

thumbnail_Chart 3The top five manufacturers for watercraft thefts were:

thumbnail_Chart 4On average, there were approximately 14 watercraft thefts per day, 97 per week, or 421 per month in 2015. Most thefts occurred during the spring and summer months with July recording the highest number with 612. February recorded the fewest with 251.

Source: NICB

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