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The National Insurance Crime Bureau says California remains the leader in bike thefts, with crimes rising 14%. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) — Motorcycle theft increased in 2015 for the first time in 10 years, as criminals in warm-weather states looked for vehicles that are easier to sneak away than cars.

There were 45,555 motorcycles reported stolen in 2015 in the U.S., up 6.3% from the previous year, the National Insurance Crime Bureau said in a report Thursday. California remained the leader in bike thefts, with the crimes climbing 14% to more than 7,000.

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