Unfortunately, a bike is a lot easier to steal than a car because it is a lot easier to make yourself unseen. Also, cars have many inbuilt features that can prevent theft. Motorcycles, on the other hand, are a lot more vulnerable and you should take extra measures when it comes to securing yours.
Why you should protect your bike
The statistics in the United States do not look very well when it comes to motorcycles. They look better than the ones that involve the theft of cars, but there were 276.3 million motor vehicles that were registered in 2018 in the US of which only around 13 million were motorcycles, so there is a logic behind it.
In 2018, 41,674 motorcycle thefts have been reported and that is a bit much if you consider that this means 114.17 motorcycles a day. To reduce the risk of your motorcycle being stolen, there are some things you can do that will make it harder for thieves to get away with it.
If you use some of the things we recommend in the following section of this article, thieves might not even get close to your bike.
Locks – the best choice to prevent a theft
Use various locks, not just one
The harder you make it for somebody to steal your motorcycle, the less of a target it will be because if it takes a lot of time to steal it, the chances of getting caught are a lot higher. Therefore, there are some locks that you need to add to your motorcycle in order to make that happen.
Some people use only one type of lock, but the more you use, the more you will decrease the chances of theft.
Transform it into a habit
The mistake that some people make is thinking that nobody will steal their bike this time and it is more convenient not to lock it. Does ‘Just this once, I will lock it tomorrow.’ sound familiar?
Well, just this once can be the time when your motorcycle gets stolen. So it is recommended that you make a habit of locking it every time you need to park it in order to tend to other business without any worries.
Attach your motorcycle to a heavy object
A great practice is to lock your motorcycle attached to an object that is very heavy and that people will not be able to move around. In addition, you should choose a chain that is made especially for this which is usually hard or even impossible to cut or break in any way. This will keep your bike safe and will definitely keep away people interested in stealing your bike.
Types of locks
- Use an ignition lock
Locking your ignition is a process that takes no time and you will be very happy that you have used it because most stolen motorcycles get stolen because the ignition hasn’t been locked. It is not hard to use such a lock and it has proven to be very effective in preventing motorcycle thefts, so don’t be lazy and take that extra minute to lock your ignition.
- Use a fork lock
Even if you don’t have an ignition lock on if you use fork locks, nobody will be able to move your motorcycle if you don’t unlock them. There is a multitude of fork locks present on the market and most of them come at a very fair price, so don’t be afraid to use such a lock because it can make a huge difference when it comes to the thieves picking your bike as an easy target.
- Use a disc brake lock
A disk brake lock will not allow your motorcycle to move at all and is one of the most effective locks that you can use which makes most thieves stay away because the time they have to spend to get it off is long and they prefer quick gigs.
The only inconvenience with this type of lock is that it will take more space while you store it, but what’s best, to have a bike with more luggage or to not have a bike at all?
An alarm system is very effective in keeping thieves away
Installing a sound alarm that starts ringing when someone is doing something to your bike is very useful. Even though the sound is similar to other car alarms, it is enough to catch your attention and make you look outside the window to see what’s going on and you will be able to hear the sound immediately so you might be able to prevent the theft.
Furthermore, if you have such an alarm and a thief is messing with your motorcycle, when they hear the sound, they will run away because they will not risk getting caught. Also, an alarm sticker attached to your bike will keep thieves away. If you have both you will decrease the chances of being a theft victim.
Cameras also do a great job
If you park your motorbike in your backyard or in front of your house, a great thing that you can purchase is a security camera. Most such devices give you the option of checking in real-time what happens to your bike and are also very useful because, in the case that your motorcycle will really get stolen, you will be able to identify the thief easily.
Where you park your motorcycle matters
The most important thing that you have to consider when trying to prevent your bike from being stolen is the fact that the more people see it parked in a certain place, the more susceptible it is to theft. If someone is interested in stealing your bike, most likely they will follow your patterns.
These include the time you park the bike, the time you take it on the road again, for how long the motorcycle will be parked in a certain place, for example, if you leave it somewhere during the night, every night, every two nights and so on.
The second most important thing is to take into account that the harder it seems to steal the motorcycle, the less attractive it will be for thieves. So adding as many visible protection strategies as you can prevent it from being stolen.
Therefore, when it comes to parking, there are some tips you should consider:
- If you can’t park your bike in a garage and you have to leave it outside, always cover it because not knowing what is underneath the covers will make it less interesting. Most thieves will not risk getting caught for a cheap motorcycle.
- Never park it in a dark area. This is very important because, as we have said before, thieves set targets that are less likely to get them caught. So if the area is well lit, they will not risk being seen by anybody and will choose another bike that is easier to steal.
- If there are any other motorcycles parked in the area, park yours near the others, but never forget that it should always be in plain view or in organized parking lots. You should park it somewhere else only if you don’t have a choice.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau has reported that in 2018 most motorcycle thefts took place in California (7035), Florida (4279), and Texas (3073). Also, they have made a list of the most stolen motorcycle brands and the top 3 was occupied by Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki.
Whether you fall under these categories or you don’t, it is compulsory that you secure your bike because you never know when you can be the next victim of thieves that can easily spot a bike that is not theft-protected.
By following the tips we have given you, you will be able to minimize the chances of your bike getting stolen and, even if you don’t see the importance of these things now, you will thank us later.