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Which motorcycles are most theft prone?

The most theft prone motorcycles are recent-model, small-capacity Japanese bikes in Victoria, according to official statistics released by the National Theft Reduction Council.

Motorcycle thefts in Australia have increased 3.3% or 255 to 8299 bikes stolen in the past 12 months to the end of November, the figures show.

That’s the most stolen bikes since 8704 in 2012/13.

It’s bad news for riders’ insurance premiums which may hike.

The official theft figures from the Council also show the type of bike and location of the owner that is the most theft prone. These are factors that may also affect your insurance premium.

For the first time, the figures include the age of vehicles stolen. It seems thieves either want a brand new bike, or one about 10 to 15 years old, after which your bike is relatively safe.

The biggest growth in motorcycle theft in the past financial year has been in Victoria which has experienced a massive 22.1% increase to leapfrog Western Australia as the most likely state where your bike will be stolen.

Motorcycle theft summary

State or Territory 2014/15 2015/16 % change
Thefts Thefts
ACT 124
1.5
110
1.3
-11.3%
NSW 1492
18.5
1,343
16.2
-10%
NT 171
2.1
141
1.7
-17.5%
QLD 1296
16.1
1,466
17.7
13.1%
SA 539
6.7
583
7.0
8.2%
TAS 149
1.9
118
1.4
-20.8%
VIC 1875
23.3
2,290
27.6
22.1%
WA 2398
29.8
2,248
27.1
-6.3%
AUS 8044 100.0 8,299 100.0 3.2%

Motorbike brake disc lock theft proneHowever, the most theft prone local government region is South East Queensland (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Moreton Bay).

Motorcycle thefts by top Local Government Areas

State or Territory LGA 2014/15 2015/16 % change
QLD Brisbane (City) 288 271 -5.9%
QLD Gold Coast (City) 150 224 49.3%
WA Stirling (City) 150 201 34%
VIC Melbourne (City) 125 200 60%
QLD Logan (City) 123 161 30.9%
VIC Port Phillip (City) 80 158 97.5%
WA Wanneroo (City) 108 132 22.2%
QLD Moreton Bay (Regional Council) 123 119 -3.3%
WA Broome (Shire) 98 112 14.3%
WA Perth (City) 94 111 18.1%

Of course, the most prolific brands on the road are also the most stolen, with Honda again topping the list ahead of the other Japanese manufacturers. KTM is next because a lot of low-capacity dirt bikes are stolen.

Theft prone motorcycles

Make 2014/15 2015/16
Honda 1579 1661
Yamaha 1459 1481
Kawasaki 794 799
Suzuki 783 763
KTM 486 479
Harley-Davidson 175 227
Hyosung 160 200
SYM 176 168
Triumph 125 165
Longjia 161 147
Piaggio 153 133
Kymco 101 131
Ducati 72 107
Husqvarna 116 103
Adly 100 99
TGB 108 99
Vmoto 101 92
Vespa 60 89
Aprilia 75 84
Polaris 49 65

In fact, the most theft prone bikes are in the 201-250cc category followed closely by 50cc or less. That’s probably because these are lighter and easier to steal than a big-capacity bike.

Motorcycle thefts by cubic capacity

Cubic capacity 2014/15 % of thefts 2015/16 % of thefts
50 cc or less 1039
12.9
965
11.6
51 – 100 cc 189
2.3
146
1.8
101 – 150 cc 798
9.9
850
10.2
151 – 200 cc 135
1.7
132
1.6
201 – 250 cc 1,120
13.9
1,086
13.1
251 – 500 cc 996
12.4
1,026
12.4
501 – 750 cc 857
10.7
907
10.9
751 – 1000 cc 403
5.0
460
5.5
1001 cc or more 296
3.7
318
3.8
Unknown 2211
27.5
2,409
29

The most prominent time for bike theft is over the weekend from 4pm Friday to Monday 5am.

Motorcycle thefts by time of day and day of week

Earliest possible time of theft Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Total
00:00 – 03:59 142 124 107 121 125 174 176 969
04:00 – 07:59 120 113 120 104 111 85 60 713
08:00 – 11:59 168 174 169 156 139 170 158 1,134
12:00 – 15:59 133 151 149 152 187 213 208 1,193
16:00 – 19:59 277 277 316 292 382 336 313 2,193
20:00 – 23:59 289 277 289 294 310 328 310 2,097
Total 1,129 1,116 1,150 1,119 1,254 1,306 1,225 8,299

 HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BIKE

Alarming rise in motorcycle theft prone

  • Buy a secure chain so you can chain your bike to an immovable object like a lamp post.
  • Use a secure disc lock with a reminder cord attached to your handlebars so you don’t ride off with it still in place.
  • Also, use the steering lock if your bike has one.
  • Even when parked in a secure location such as your garage or behind a locked gate, consider the extra security of using the steering lock, a disc lock or chain as well.
  • Pull out a spark plug or fuse, or have an immobiliser fitted.
  • Don’t park your bike in railway or shopping centre carparks as these are notorious for theft.
  • Park in a locked carpark. If you have to park in the open, leave it where you can see your bike or in view of a security camera and/or under a light.
  • Otherwise, keep your bike out of sight, maybe parking it behind your car. If parking in a garage, block the bike with your car and ensure the garage is locked.
  • When riding home, make sure you are not being followed.
  • Stay alert for suspicious vans or trucks driving around late at night. These are used to transport stolen motorcycles.
  • Put a cover over your bike. It might slow down thieves and prevent theft of accessories. But make sure it isn’t a flashy lone with the brand name of the bike on it. That only entices thieves.
  • When riding in a group, park your bikes together.
  • Consider marking your bike in a unique way that could aid in recovery and therefore dissuade thieves.
  • At hotels or public parking spaces, try to park in view of parking lot security cameras and lights.
  • If you park your motorcycle outside your house, consider installing a motion sensor light near the bike.
  • Install a motorcycle alarm and/or a hidden kill switch.
  • Buy a GPS tracking system that can track and deliver your bike’s speed, location, and direction

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