NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau has issued a set of guidelines for bike theft prevention.
With a motorcycle being stolen every 11 minutes in the US, one does not need to be a genius to figure out that it’s much easier to prevent theft than to find the stolen, and most likely dismantled machine.
In many cases, the thieves are helped by the negligence of the bike owners, be taht forgetting to lock the ignition, or forgetting to remove the key altogether, bad parking spots where criminals can carry on with their plans and the list could go on forever.
• Lock your ignition and remove the key. National statistics show most bike thefts occur when the ignition is shut off, but not locked.
• Lock the forks or disk brakes with locks that have large, brightly colored tags.
• If traveling with other riders, lock motorcycles together when not in use.
• If riding alone, lock your bike to a secure, stationary object that can’t be easily dismantled.
• Add an audible alarm to your motorcycle.
• 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 right after leaving your bike.
• If parking in a garage, block your bike with automobiles, close the garage door and make sure it is locked.
• Don’t store your title in your bike’s storage compartment, tank bag or saddlebag. The safest place for your title is at home.
• Uniquely mark and then photograph your bike. If thieves take your bike, note its unique markings to law enforcement using the photos you have taken.
• Keep your bike registration and insurance identification card on you when you ride.
• If the bike is stolen make it impossible to sell. Mark everything that could be sold as a second hand spare part with a clearly visible identifying mark, both in visible and secret places, preferably with the bikes frame number.
This last idea is gaining quite a lot of momentum in the UK, and we can only home that the SMART Security system will grow and expand to more countries. Via Bikernet.