5 Ways To Pre­vent Mo­tor­cy­cle Theft

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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.

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