PREVENTING MOTORCYCLE THEFT
There are so many things you can do to lessen the odds of
having your motorcycle stolen. None of them are 100% foolproof,
but if you take the following tips into consideration, you
increase your chances of not becoming a victim of theft. In
addition to the information on this page, you should consider
purchasing a solid
motorcycle theft prevention system.
The less time your bike is exposed while not being
ridden, the less chances a thief will set his eye on
your possession. Keep your bike covered if you do not
have a garage. It will be very difficult for a thief to
assess the complexity of stealing it if they do not even
know what bike is underneath the cover. You can also put
a Suzuki cover on your Harley to create the impression
that you have a different bike; one that is less likely
to be stolen.
Even though a steering lock is easily defeated, it
will act as the first defense. It is even better to have
a lock on your ignition as well. Two locks is better
Keep Your Lock Up
No matter what type of lock you use, do not keep it
rested on the ground. A thief will be able to obtain
enough leverage to destroy the lock and steal your bike.
Always make sure your lock is attached through the
Utilizing this type of lock will prevent a motorcycle
from being lifted up into waiting truck or van. An even
better idea would be to add a cable and anchor the bike
to something strong and solid. Make sure you lock your
bike even when it is in your garage.
Use More Than One Lock
In addition to the lock that your bike comes with, you
should use two additional, different locks. A thief will
likely nor be prepared for breaking three total
locks...all of which are different.
You Get What You Pay For
Don't buy a lock just because it is less expensive. Buy
the good stuff, i.e. asymmetrical chains, alarmed disc
locks, U-locks, etc..
Install a kill-switch that must be pressed whenever the
start button is depressed. You can even remove your main
fuse when your bike is parked.
Right the numbers of your lock down and store it
somewhere safe. Then file the numbers off your lock.
Anyone can get a key cut to fit with a number.
Parking in a Luminated Area
When parking your bike at night, make sure you leave it
in a well lit area. You should even consider putting an
alarm sticker on your bike.
Unfortunately, nowadays people don't even flinch when an
alarm goes off. We suggest that you rig your bike up in
a manner that will trip some beer bottles or other type
of glass to break in the even that your bike is moved
from its parked position.
Keep a Watchful Eye
Thieves will typically see the bike they want on the
road. They will then follow you home and size-up the
situation and formulate a plan for stealing your bike.
Therefore, as you approach your destination,
particularly your home, check your surroundings and make
sure no one is tailing you. If you think that someone is
following, pass your destination the first time and
continue driving. Go back around again. If you are still
being followed, drive to the police.
If you are buying a
via financing, having a good
GAP Insurance policy will protect your investment in the
event that your bike is stolen.
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