The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported a decrease in watercraft thefts between 2009 and 2010 in its latest report on watercraft thefts and recoveries in the United States.
The report examines thefts and recoveries from Jan. 1, 2009, through May 3, 2011, as contained in the National Crime Information Center for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Overall, there were 16,115 reported watercraft thefts during the period. There was an 11 percent decrease in thefts from 2009 (7,485) to 2010 (6,663). Of the total reported thefts for the period, 6,343, or 39 percent, of the watercrafts were recovered.
Florida led the states with the most thefts, followed by, in descending order, California, Texas, North Carolina and Michigan. The top five for recoveries, also in descending order, were Florida, California, Texas, Washington and North Carolina.
Of the thefts where a boat type was indicated, the “all other” category recorded the most thefts. That includes canoes, dinghies, dories, johnboats, kayaks, lifeboats, paddleboats, sculls and skiffs. Behind “all others” were, in descending order, jet skis, runabouts, utilities and cruisers.