NICB’s 2018 US Watercraft Theft and Recovery Report

NICB 2018 Watercraft Theft and Recovery Infographic(.jpg)

NICB 2018 Watercraft Theft and Recovery Infographic(.jpg)

The NICB have released their 2018 US Watercraft Theft and Recovery Report.

This ForeCASTSM Report analyzes the 4,499 watercraft thefts and corresponding recoveries1 with information reported to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Crime Information Center (NCIC).  The 3 sections to this report consist of: an analysis of the watercrafts, a geographical analysis, and a temporal analysis.  “Section 1: The Watercraft” analyzes 2018 watercraft thefts and recoveries by manufacturer, boat type2, manufacturer and boat type combined, and boat type and propulsion type combined.  “Section 2: Geographic Analysis” analyzes the 2018 watercraft thefts and corresponding recoveries by state, by boat type and state, then by county and city (excluding recovery records from outside of the US).  “Section 3: Temporal Analysis” analyzes the 2018 watercraft thefts and corresponding recoveries by month, holiday, and the number of days between the theft date and recovery date from 01/01/2018 through 04/04/2019.

There were a total of 4,499 Watercraft thefts in 2018, an 8% decrease in watercraft thefts from 2017.  The watercraft stolen most often in 2018 was a “Yamaha – WaveRunner® personal watercraft (PWC)” (673 thefts), followed up by the “Bombardier Corp. PWC” (417 thefts).  Of the 4,499 watercraft stolen in 2018, 1,733, or 39% were recovered through 04/04/2019.  The highest number of watercraft thefts in 2018 took place in Florida (25%).  The Top 3 watercraft theft counties were Miami-Dade County, Florida (282 thefts), Broward County, Florida (134 thefts), and Sacramento County, California (67 thefts).  The Top 3 watercraft theft cities in 2018 were all located in Florida: Miami (203 thefts), Fort Lauderdale (68 thefts), and Tampa (64 thefts).  Of the 1,733, recovered watercrafts from 01/01/2018 through 04/04/2019, 52% were recovered within 9 days of being stolen. The holiday with the most watercraft thefts in 2018 was Labor Day, with 26 thefts.

To download the full report: https://www.nicb.org/media/743/download

To download the Infographic: https://www.nicb.org/media/744/download