Much like any other vehicle on the streets, motorcycles get stolen from unsuspecting riders, every single day. And it’s frustrating. There’s simply nothing more disappointing than walking up to a parking spot, only to discover that your bike is missing. The bad news is that criminals don’t take vacations. The good news though, is that there are many different ways to protect yourself from theft, as a motorcycle owner. It’s just a matter of exercising a little bit of caution, and using smart thinking to stay two-steps ahead.
Protect Your Bike at All Costs:
Motorcycle Expert Aaron Cortez explains that, “Like any kind of criminal, there isn’t one ‘type’ of person that steals motorcycles. They come in all shapes and sizes, from skinny teenage introverts to tattooed muscle-heads, and they all have their own different methods by which to separate you from your precious ride. There are, however, generally only a couple of ways the bike itself gets taken – either by hauling the entire bike off in a truck/minivan, or by riding the stolen bike away. Every rider’s anti-theft strategy should anticipate and prepare for both.” Here are a few quick tips on how to keep motorcycles safe from routine thefts:
1. Only Use Heavy-Duty Locks:
Most bike owners would prefer to cut costs and save money by purchasing cheap locks. But when it comes to security, you get what you pay for. If you want your bike to stay safe, use Heavy-Duty locks.
2. Use Multiple Locks on the Bike:
One locking mechanism isn’t enough to deter criminals. The more hurdles there are to the actual process of theft, the more time it takes to successfully steal. That’s why using multiple locks is effective at discouraging thieves.
3. Attach Your Bike to Something Immovable:
If there’s a lamppost nearby, or something equally heavy and impregnable, latch your motorcycle onto it. It takes a lot of work to steal anything that’s essentially bolted into the ground.
4. Don’t Park in Dark or Secluded Places:
Always park your motorcycle in well-lit and crowded areas. Thieves have a hard time getting away with burglary when there are plenty of witnesses around.
5. Set Up a Noisy Booby-Trap:
If necessary, set up a makeshift anti-theft security alarm on your motorcycle. This can be done by attaching something noisy and fragile to it like hidden beer bottles or firecrackers. If someone stealing the bike sets off the booby trap, they’ll have a hard time dealing with the curious audience they attract.
Considering how small and portable motorcycles are, protecting them from theft can be a complicated matter. But that doesn’t change the fact that anyone who owns a motorcycle should do the best they can to keep their vehicle safe. Even though most safety measures involve going above and beyond the call of duty, it’s certainly worth the effort to guarantee that nothing bad happens to your prized possessions. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!