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Florida ranks third in the country for most ATV thefts over the last three years

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Posted at 8:38 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 08:49:31-04

A recent report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reveals that Florida had the third most ATV thefts over the last three years.

The study shows that July and August are the peak months for ATV thefts, with 19 percent of total thefts happening in those months.

On average, 20,399 ATVs are stolen each year. However, overall the report which covers 2016-2018 shows stolen ATV reports are down.

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

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

The NICB offers the following tips to prevent your ATV from being stolen:

• 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.

To read the full report, click here.