ATV thieves active in July & August in United States, says National Insurance Crime Bureau

A recent report presented by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reveals that All-Terrain Vehicle thefts are more recorded when the summer getting over.

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A report says that the thieves eyeing All-Terrain Vehicles are active in July and August months in the United States.

A recent report presented by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reveals that All-Terrain Vehicle thefts are more recorded when the summer getting over.

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 ATV’s 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.

Brooke Kelley, vice president of communications for NICB, says, “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.”

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

Due to their small size and relatively few factory installed anti-theft features, ATV’s 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.
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