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VIDEO: Boat thefts decreased in 2012

The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released its latest report on U.S. boat thefts and recoveries. The report examines vessels reported stolen between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012.

It draws from data contained in the National Crime Information Center database for the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

There were 5,870 watercraft thefts reported during the period, a 3 percent decrease from 6,070 thefts in 2011. PWC were the most common type of vessel stolen.

Click play for a National Insurance Crime Bureau video on boat thefts.

The top five states for thefts in 2012 were identical in rank to the previous report:

Florida: 1,408 thefts

California: 605

Texas: 403

Washington: 214

North Carolina: 184

Also repeating in identical order were the top five types of boat stolen:

Jet Ski: 1,373 thefts

Runabouts: 937

Utility: 360

Cruisers: 251

Sailboats: 42

The top five manufacturers for watercraft thefts:

Yamaha: 659

Bombardier Corp.: 355

Kawasaki: 226

Tracker Marine: 211

Alumacraft: 133

Tracker Marine is new to the list for 2012, replacing Bayliner.

Click here for the full report.

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