Outsmarting A Motorcycle Thief

Outsmarting A Motorcycle Thief 1

Motorcycle theft is a problem the world over. In 2012, the US experienced 46,061 total reported thefts. Canada does not keep track of similar statistics, but we think the numbers are fairly comparable between our two countries.

Tips for Preventing Motorcycle Theft

Here at Alpine Insurance and Financial we believe in protecting your assets. Preventing motorcycle theft often involves outsmarting thieves. Check out these tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for Preventing Motorcycle Theft:

  • Do not carry the title to your motorcycle in your tank bag, saddlebags or storage compartment. Instead, leave it locked up safely at home or in a safe deposit box at your local bank.
  • Add an audible alarm to your bike so that even when it is parked somewhere that you can’t see it, you can hear it if someone is tampering with it.
  • When locking your bike individually in public, be sure that it is attached to a secure, stable, stationary object.
  • Riding in a group? Lock your bikes together – they’ll be a lot harder to move that way.
  • When you shut off your ignition you need to lock it before removing the key. Just because your ignition is off doesn’t mean it can’t be restarted.
  • If you have locked your bike up in a public place, be sure to check on it from time to time. The more aware you are of your bike, the less likely it is to be stolen.
  • For those of you who park your bike in the garage at home, try blocking it in with other vehicles to make it harder to remove. Also, keep all entries and exits locked when you are not present.
  • Try to keep an updated picture of your motorcycle somewhere easily accessible (like on your phone) in the event that it is stolen. If there are any unique markings or special alterations it will be easier for the police to find if they know what they are looking for.
  • Just like your automobile, keep your insurance ID card and registration on you at all times.

Source – QUICK TIPS: Preventing Motorcycle Theft

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