5 Ways To Prevent Motorcycle Theft
Owning a motorcycle and taking it for a spin out on the open road can be an exciting experience. But don’t forget to take the necessary precautions to protect your investment, as there’s no shortage of thieves looking for an easy bike to steal.
“The design and structure of motorcycles makes them a natural target for thieves. They’re fairly easy to steal,” says Glenn Cooper of Aviva Insurance.
While you may not be able to eliminate the risk entirely, all theft deterrents have three things in common: they buy time; they make the theft more difficult; and they reduce the odds of your motorcycle being stolen. Cooper suggests the following five strategies: 1. Use the steering lock.
Most bikes come with a steering lock, which will make it more difficult for thieves to move your bike from the parked position. 2. Use alarms and GPS. Many of the more expensive bikes on the road come with factoryinstalled alarms, but there are aftermarket systems and covert GPS trackers available as well. 3. Park it wisely. When travelling, many hotels will allow you to park in areas visible to the front desk; all you need to do is ask. If possible, ask for a first-floor room facing the parking area. If not, look for well-lit high-traffic areas around the hotel. 4. Extra locks. Disc alarms, cables and chain link cuffs are affordable options if you plan to chain your bike to a solid structure. An added lock or barrier gives thieves less incentive to steal. 5. Pair up. If there are no fixed objects nearby and you’re out riding with a buddy, park your two bikes nose to nose and secure them to each other with a lock.
Find more information through your insurance broker or online at avivacanada.com/leisurelifestyle.