There were 5,537 watercraft thefts reported during 2013–a 6% decrease from the 5,870 thefts reported in 2012–according to a report on watercraft theft and recoveries in the U.S. by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The report examines watercraft reported stolen between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013 and draws from data contained in the National Crime Information Center database for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Accoridng to the report, there were on average approximately 15 watercraft thefts per day, 106 per week, or 461 per month in 2013. Most thefts occurred during the spring and summer months, with July recording the highest number with 691. February recorded the fewest with 260. Fridays saw the most thefts reported with 884, and the fewest were reported on Thursdays with 719.
See the infographic below to find out what were the top five states for thefts, the top five types of watercraft stolen, and the top five manufacturers for watercraft thefts in 2013. NICB also offers some tips to protect watercraft. For more information, download the report here.
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