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Report Shows Missouri as a Top State for Bike Theft

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"Better safe than sorry." It's a cliche, but a recent report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that Missouri ranks number seven for motorcycle theft which might make you check your locks twice.

"The theft of these motorcycles, we see rise in the summer. We see more people out in the summer in them. They're more seen by others that are wanting to steal one," said Captain Trevor Duncan.

Caitlyn Stewart reported the loss of her newly purchased motor scooter to the police a year and a half ago when it was stolen from her home.

Ii had a 50 CC scooter, had just bought it brand new, had less than a hundred miles on it and had it chained up under the carport and it was stolen in the middle of the day even," she stated.

She admits that she could see how this kind of theft could easily take place.

"Scooters- I know we've shoved in a mini-van before and moved it," Stewart says.

Captain Duncan says that 74 motorcycles were reported stolen last year and 11 more have been taken to date, but he says that these numbers are not representative of the report that shows the show-me state as one of the top areas for this kind of crime.

He states that, "As a city, we don't really see a high rate of motorcycle theft itself, so I don't know what's causing that in Missouri. That is a little surprising to us."

But Stewart's scooter is still missing and while she's given up hope on recovering it, she plans to get a new one in the future and will better protect it.

"I will probably be getting a shed and be putting it in the shed," she says.


Duncan encourages all motor vehicles owners to take as many precautions as possible.

"Make sure they remove the key with them and basically put everything in their favor to where it's as hard to steal as possible and then be selective about where they park it," he says.

The numbers reported by the Joplin Police Department include traditional motorcycles as well as dirt bikes and scooters.

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