For the past decade, motorcycle thefts have been going down… or at least they were until last year. The National Crime Bureau says that last year 45,555 motorcycles were reported stolen in the United States, and 956 of those bikes were stolen here in Colorado. Does that mean you need to worry about your ride? Well, it couldn’t hurt to be a little cautious.
Ways To Keep Your Motorcycle Safe From Thieves
- Get A Lock—This is the first item any theft conscious motorcyclist should pick up, and there’s a wide variety of different locks to choose from. A disc lock will keep either your front or rear wheel from moving, which will keep thieves from rolling your bike away. A chain and lock will also provide you with the security of being able to tie your bike to an immovable object. This solution is an oldie, but it’s also a goodie.
- Get A Bike Cover—As the old saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” A bike cover adds just a little bit of added security to protecting your baby. Thieves are a little hesitant to bite off more than they can chew, so if it is hard to tell if your bike is valuable enough to steal, then many thieves will simply avoid it.
- Get An Alarm—A blaring alarm is probably the number one cause of heart attacks in the motorcycle thief community, and could you blame them? Some of the alarms today will actually talk to you to make sure you aren’t tempted to hop on and go for a joy ride. Another measure today’s bike alarms have is fob activated security systems. These fob systems completely disable your engine until you show up and insert the key fob, which can prevent thieves from hotwiring your baby.
In the end, all we want to do is ride, but a thief can put a serious dent in that pleasure. Don’t take your motorcycle for granted. Lock it up, and if you have some tips about keeping your motorcycle safer, log onto Facebook or Twitter and share them!