A total number of 45,555 motorcycles were stolen in 2015, according to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau in 2016. This is an overall six percent increase in similarly reported motorcycle thefts from 2014. These thefts are most prevalent in the states of California, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, and New York. Still, even though you don’t live in these states, it is your primary concern as a motorcycle owner to properly safeguard your property and protect your ownership against larceny.
A layer of caution will help you mitigate the chances of being a victim of theft. Make use of these tips and safety advice to ensure your bike’s safety:
Keep them in a secure place
Keep your garage door closed, or park it where it is safe (e.g. a place with security cameras). When you leave, always make sure it is locked. Keeping it out of sight, or not out in the open will make it difficult for the individuals with thieving motives to gain access to your ride.
Your steering lock is a simple security feature that many fail to take advantage. It’s integrated into the design for a reason. Make sure it is secured every time. Aside from the steering locks, you can opt to use multiple locks to secure your brakes and forks.
Use existing GPS and alarm techs that allow you to monitor your vehicle or notify you when an unauthorized person is handling your ride. New techs like Lock8 for example, allows you keyless locking, embedded with a GPS tracking device and a sound safe bike alarm which raises your attention even from a significant distance. Other security devices include chains, lock-chain combinations, wheel locks, disc locks, etc. Explore your options. There are various merchants you can immediately find online for your motorcycle security tech needs.
Do not store important documents in your vehicle
Do not go mobile with your personal documents in tow, unless it is for some important purpose. This way, you have less reasons to panic should your vehicle gets stolen. Your identity is the last thing you’d want to be robbed of.
Lastly, secure your motorcycle with an insurance. Choose a policy that has good coverage and compensation for theft. All the above mentioned are just security tips. When the unfortunate does happen, it’s a comfort to know you are buffered.