Watercraft theft infographic. (Credit: NICB) (Credit: NICB)

While auto thefts have been increasing, the number of stolen watercraft in the U.S. has been trending in the opposite direction, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), which reported watercraft thefts declined by 13% in 2021.

The decline represents a return to a downward trend for incidents of watercraft theft. In 2019, the rate dropped 6% compared with 2018, which saw an 8% decrease in stolen watercraft. However, the number of stolen crafts increased 25% in 2020, which saw a total of 5,310 stolen watercraft compared with 4,240 in 2019, according to NICB data.

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Steve Hallo

Steve Hallo is managing editor of PropertyCasualty360.com. He can be reached at [email protected].  

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