The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) 2017 watercraft theft report shows a five percent decrease and resumes the downward trend in thefts that was broken by 2016’s slight increase. A total of 4,864 watercraft were reported stolen between January 1 and December 31, 2017. 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 states for thefts in descending order were:
The top five cities for thefts in descending order were:
|3||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.||77||30%|
The top five types of watercraft stolen in descending order were:
|Watercraft Type*||Thefts||Recovery Rate|
The top five manufacturers for watercraft thefts in descending order were:
|1||Yamaha Motor Corp., USA||620||24%|
|3||Kawasaki Motors Mfg.||150||25%|
|4||Bass Tracker Corp.||116||41%|
|5||Alumacraft Boat Co.||116||32%|
Most thefts in 2017 occurred during the months of May, June, July, August and September with June recording the highest number with 628. December saw the fewest with 222.
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