According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), over 4,500 motorcycles were reported stolen each month, on average, during 2022. Without the proper security mechanisms in place, bike and motorcycle theft can be easier than car theft.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), over 4,500 motorcycles were reported stolen each month, on average, during 2022. This is a 7% increase from the previous year and marks the third consecutive year for an increase in motorcycle theft. Without the proper security mechanisms in place, bike and motorcycle theft can be easier than car theft.
Below are several steps that motorcycle owners can take to deter thieves. The more of these steps that are followed, the less chance the thieves have to be successful.
1. Use the motorcycle’s built-in locks, but only as a secondary locking mechanism. They are typically fairly easy to break into but using this as a second method can often help deter thieves.
2. Install disc brake locks. This primary locking mechanism can go a long way to help prevent would-be thieves from riding a stolen bike away.
3. Utilize mechanical deterrents to make it increasingly difficult for motorcycle thieves. Making a few simple adjustments when you park your bike can make it much harder for thieves and make it likely they will give up before becoming successful. Adjustments could include loosening a spark plug cap, pulling a fuse, or shutting off the gas.
4. Install a concealed kill switch. Potential thieves will spend time looking for the kill switch and hopefully give up before it’s located to start the engine.
5. Park your motorcycle in an open, busy, or even inaccessible location. Parking your bike where you can see it is ideal, but if that’s not an option you will want to leave it where many others have visibility to theft. At home, be sure to park it in the garage.
6. Attach and lock your bike to a stationary object. Locking your bike to an immovable object or even to another bike with a chain will deter thieves.
7. Don’t ever walk away from your motorcycle while it’s running. It only takes a few seconds for potential thieves to jump on and ride away.
To protect your bike even further from potential thieves, you could consider installing a tracking system that uses GPS so in the event it is stolen it can easily be located.
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