July and August are Peak Months for ATV Thefts

DES PLAINES, Ill., July 30, 2019 — A recent report produced by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reveals that the end of the summer is when we see more all-terrain vehicle thefts. In fact, 19 percent of the total thefts happen in July and August based on theft data contained in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.   

However, overall the report—which covers the period from January 1, 2016 through December 21, 2018—cites that the number of ATVs reported stolen are down. The most reported ATV thefts were in 2016 with 21,255 and 2018 had the least with 19,363. On average 20,399 ATVs were reported as stolen each year, with Monday and Friday being the most common days of the week for a theft to occur. 

“While we are seeing a decline in the number of ATV thefts, it’s important to not let your guard down, which is why we encourage ATV owners to take precautions to avoid becoming a victim of theft,” said Brooke Kelley, vice president of communications for NICB. 

Top 10 states for ATV Theft 2016 to 2018 

  1. Texas 6,151 
  2. California 5,950 
  3. Florida 3,994 
  4. Georgia 2,688 
  5. Louisiana 2,442 
  6. South Carolina 2,345 
  7. North Carolina 2,310 
  8. Tennessee 2,293 
  9. Ohio 2,258 
  10. Alabama 2,233  

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ATV Infographic 2019

Due to their small size and relatively few factory installed anti-theft features, ATVs can be easy targets for determined thieves. 

However, several precautions can be taken to help lessen one’s chances of becoming a victim of an ATV theft. Some of these precautions include purchasing aftermarket products, while others focus on being strategic on how the vehicle is stored when it is not in use.

NICB ATV Theft Prevention Tips:

  • Store the keys separately and in a secure area when the ATV is not in use.
  • If the vehicle was built with a steering lock, engage it when the ATV is not in use.
  • Store the vehicle inside of a locked building, like a garage or shed.
  • If outdoors, store the vehicle out of sight.
  • If the vehicle is stored on a trailer, lock and secure the trailer so it cannot be easily connected to and driven away.

Click to read the full report.

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