Reflecting a similar experience with vehicles, the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) annual watercraft theft report shows a one percent increase in watercraft theft in 2016, reversing a multi-year downward trend. A total of 5,116 watercraft were reported stolen between January 1 and December 31, 2016. The report is based on theft data contained in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The top five cities for thefts in descending order were:
|3||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.||62||21%|
The top five types of watercraft stolen were:
|Watercraft Type*||Thefts||Recovery Rate|
The top five manufacturers for watercraft thefts were:
|1||Yamaha Motor Corp., USA||604||25%|
|3||Kawasaki Motors Mfg.||144||32%|
|4||Alumacraft Boat Co.||112||30%|
|5||Bass Tracker Corp.||107||36%|
Most thefts in 2016 occurred during the spring and summer months with July recording the highest number with 671. February recorded the fewest with 223.
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