Theft Protection

Tips, Tricks and Techniques for August 2014 By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

Motorcycles and scooters can be an easy target for thieves if they are not secured, as they can be wheeled away, or bundled into a van in seconds.
“Motorcycles are twice as likely to be stolen as cars, so it’s important to keep them safe by taking steps to protect them and by choosing the right security devices,” say law enforcement officials. There are a number of mechanical and electronic security devices available to help make your bike more secure and a few simple precautions could prevent you becoming a victim of theft:Theft-Prevention-458

  • Buy an alarm, immobilizer and secondary locks like a disc lock, U-lock, chain or cable lock.
  • Always use the steering lock.
  • When out in public, park your motorcycle where it can be seen or in spaces that have stands for you to secure your bike to.
  • Whenever possible, avoid leaving your helmet, gloves or other possessions on the motorcycle.
  • Take your helmet with you, especially if it is unusual or expensive. Don’t leave it hanging on your handlebars. Even using a helmet lock doesn’t guarantee that someone won’t come along and cut your chin strap off to get the helmet.
  • Put security markings on as many parts of your bike as possible.
  • The use of approved anti-theft devices that may help to reduce your insurance premium.
  • When not using your motorcycle remember to use your security devices and, if possible, use a garage
  • Use a motorcycle cover – there are many on the market that are lightweight and made to be carried with you. Some are “half covers” that are very portable, but serve the purpose of keeping you “under wraps”.
  • Park in well-lit areas, preferably with other motorcycles. If you’re travelling with a group lock the motorcycles together.
  • When traveling and spending the night at a hotel, locate an outdoor security camera and park your bike in the camera’s view. If this is not possible, park your bike close to your room.
  • Keep an eye on your bike. When parking at a public event, check your motorcycle periodically, especially immediately after leaving your bike, to make sure there are no suspicious individuals lurking about.
  • Keep your bike registration and insurance identification card on you when you ride.
  • Be careful about giving out private information on where you live, work or play.

You’ve spent lots of time and money on your bike and if you’re like most riders, it means more to you than just the book value. It’s part of your life and not easily replaced.

Ride Safe!Diane

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