The carelessness of motorcycle owners has made the theft to be on the increase. Motorcycles are easily stolen, broken into parts, and sold to unsuspecting members of the public. Such a criminal mode of operation makes it almost impossible for the recovery of motorcycles and scooters by the police. According to a recent report by the National Insurance Claim Bureau (NICB), there was a total of 41,674 motorcycle thefts in the U.S. in 2018. And 18,534 (44%) were recovered from 01/01/2018 through 06/13/2019.
So what can you do to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of these criminals that are not relenting in their quest to improve their skills in motorcycle theft? The experts at Tampa Locksmith have shared the best ways to keep your motorcycle safe in this article.
Read on to find out more.
Use a Ground Anchor
A ground anchor is an immovable object made of steel or iron and fixed to the floor or wall. After the installation, you can use a chain and lock to safeguard your motorbike.
This is highly recommended because most motorcycles are stolen from homes or areas without adequate security. By attaching your motorbike to a ground anchor, the thieves will find it so difficult to achieve their aim.
Use a Steering Lock, Chain, And Cover the Bike
Apart from using a Ground Anchor, the steering lock should be your first line of defense. Activating the steering lock can make it much harder for a thief to make off with your bike. However, you aren’t stopping at that. You have to take it a step further by using a disc lock to help secure the front brake disc in combination with a D lock which will stop the thieves from wheeling the bike away. After that, you have to chain the bike with another lock through the back wheel to any immovable object around. That wouldn't be a difficult task if you have a ground anchor installed already.
Using the chain is important because the experienced thieves have learned the fastest ways of breaking the steering lock. The last step here is to secure your bike by properly covering it. Do not think that only expensive cars can be covered. Bikes can also be covered to make it less attractive to thieves. You have to do everything possible to resist the thieves from maneuvering the security of your bike.
Install the Garage Door Defender
This method is for those that keep their bikes in the garage. The garage door defender is used to fortify the doors of your garage door so that thieves will find it difficult to have access. To be more effective, the garage door defender should be fitted to the solid base and center of the garage door.
Install a Motorcycle Alarm / Tracker
Installing an alarm on your motorcycle will act as a deterrent to thieves and also alert you when there is a criminal attempt. The tracker will help in tracing and recovery of the motorcycle in case it was stolen. Lastly, you need to minimize any loophole that will make you be vulnerable to thieves. We suggest that you keep the bike in a covered garage or implement the combo-security tips we have shared in this article.
You can contact the experts at Tampa Locksmith for the installation of ground anchor, garage door defenders, security and tracking devices on your motorcycle.