Motorcycles tend to be more easily stolen due to the fact that they’re smaller and lighter than cars. They can be lifted into a trailer or shoved into the back of a van in minutes. A trip out to dinner could end in not having a motorcycle to get back home.
Luckily, there are ways to make it harder for a thief to quickly snatch your motorcycle.
When looking to lock your vehicle, there are many things to consider. The quality, size and position of your lock should all be taken into account. First, it’s important to find a highly rated lock and chain. Once you have the right lock and chain, make sure it’s tethered off the ground to something heavy. Keeping the lock off the ground can prevent thieves from getting the leverage they need to break it. It’s also important to lock your bike to something heavy, no matter if it’s outside or in your garage. Tying it to something immovable can make it impossible for a group of thieves to lift it and put it in the back of a truck.
Pay Attention Where You Park
Parking your bike in a well-lit and populated area can help prevent thieves. Thieves are generally drawn toward vehicles parked in dark, solitary areas. Park your motorcycle under a streetlamp if possible, and don’t forget to tether it to something heavy!
Add Anti-Theft Systems
Along with strong locks, make sure you have some sort of anti-theft system in place. Just having a sticker on your bike that claims it has anti-theft locks can deter a potential thief.
Never Leave Keys or Other Items Unattended
This may be obvious to some, but it’s easy to let your guard down when you’re somewhere you’re familiar with. Don’t leave your keys (including extras) anywhere on your bike, even if you’re just running into the store or your house. Other valuable items like motorcycle helmets shouldn’t be left unattended, either.
Carry Comprehensive Insurance
When all else fails and your motorcycle is stolen, it’s important to have the ability to retrieve or replace your bike. Comprehensive insurance on your motorcycle insurance policy covers theft and vandalism in case someone steals or damages your bike. Double check your coverage limits to make sure you’re covered no matter what.
Even if your bike has never been stolen, accidents can happen anywhere. Stay vigilant and stay insured.