Motorcycle theft is a crime of opportunity. When street prowlers see your gleaming bike parked in an unsecured spot that will be surely a candidate for quick heist. On the other hand, professional crooks have a list of the kinds of motorcycles they want to pilfer and if your motorcycle model happens to be in their list, you better take security measures before they away your pride and joy. Whether you have your motorcycle security system installed professionally at the factory or the do-it-yourself kind, it does not matter as long as you wont provide an easy rip off for these slimeballs.
College and mall parking lots, airports’ large parking lots that are often deserted during early dawn and motorcycle rallies and shows where there are fleets of motorcycles to choose from, these are often the target places for thieves looking for an easy prey. So the rule always comes down to the basics. Always park your motorcycle, where you can see it from the restaurant you patronize. If you have a bowling habit every Tuesdays, use a motorcycle cover to drape over your cruiser to keep potential criminals at bay.
Use an ultra violet pen and mark your driver’s license number on motorcycle components, such as under the seats engine.dipstick or on body panels. Even better install a Datatag or Alpha Dot security marking system. Photocopy your registration and roll the copy up inside the handlebar, tool bag, under some cover or in the headlight shell. By doing these things you have better chances of recovering your motorcycle(in case it gets stolen) and may help bust a motorcycle theft ring and convict the thieves or handler of stolen motorcycle parts.
Stolen motorcycle can be dismantled and the motorcycle parts are sold as they can be smuggled out of the country and sold as they are. The motorcycle components can also be installed in a what is passed off as a custom frame and sold as a new bike. Also the motorcycle is given an altered or fake VIN and resold locally. So it is really important to mark your bike parts with your identification.
There are many variety of locks ranging from high-end hasps to stuff you can rummage at your local hardware store. Quality disc locks,chains and lock,cable,shackle or U-locks, wheel locks,fork and ignition locks. There are even a wide array of locks for motorcycle accessories like, keyed and detachable lock for luggage packs. Really, there are plenty of locks at your disposal.
The main trick here, is to use two or three different locks so that the thieving criminal may not have ample time ir tools to defeat the various locks on-site. He may pass up your motorcycle and go look for other bikes to victimize. Do not leave your long chains lying on the ground where it can be easily defeated with common tools like cutters, slide hammer, grinders or torches. Carrying a hefty cable lock or U-lock or any in ground anchor may not be convenient (that is if your bike does not have saddlebags). Use these types of locks to anchor the bike to something solid like lamppost, fence,car or the ground. It will prevent a group of muscled guys from rolling away your two-wheeler into a waiting van.
Some motorcycle owners will use creative and confusing techniques to foil the bad guys. One motorcycle owner wired a concealed two-way switch into his starter button. When he park he would flip the switch. If someone other than him push the starter button, the horn will start honking and it wouldn’t stop until the owner(the one who knows how to flip the right switch) will turn it off. Another one reconfigured his petcock handle, so it will appear to be on reserve, when off.
There are numerous ways you can rewire and reconfigure choke controls and stuff to confuse the thieves and make them look like idiots. What do you think these felons would react if confronted with a clutch that won’t engage or there are no shift lever there to choose a gear or a center stand that won’t retract?
If you live in apartment complexes, naturally you park your motorcycle in communal garages. To provide a challenge for thieves, negotiate a spot where you can anchor your motorcycle to a pillar or pipe and to prevent passers-by from prying, a motorcycle cover with locks is recommended. If you own your garage you can DIY or pro install a dedicated security system or as an extension of the security system on the rest of your home. Again be creative, you can set a tied black thread to your motorcycle to a pile of bottles in your garage. If a trespasser will trip over the thread, the sound of breaking glass will surely alarm you and your neighbors.
In your garage, you can secure your motorcycle by anchoring it to the ground. Use a U-shaped steel anchors with heavy-duty chain and lock that is inserted thorough the frame and anchor it in your garage floor and lock it with industrial grade padlock. A camera, door motion sensors,pressure pad and motion-activated floodlights at the entrance will foil a break-in.