Last year, more than 46,000 motorcycles were stolen. The top stolen brands of motorcycles in order was Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Harley Davidson.
The top ranked states in order are California, Florida, Texas, South & North Carolina, New York, Indiana, Georgia, Missouri, and Nevada.
The top ten cities are New York, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Houston, San Antonio, Phoenix, and Austin, Texas. Poor Texas made the list three times!
And since today marks the first day of July, July through September marks the months with the highest theft rate of motorcycles.
With an approximate recovery of forty percent, you have to take steps to protect your investment.
At home, where is your motorcycle parked? In the garage? If so, is there an alarm attached to the garage door? More importantly, is their a backup battery to the alarm system in case you are left without power for a few hours? How is law enforcement notified in case of a break-in? I recommend instead of the antiquated system of the phone line communications, go wireless.
Security cameras are also inexpensive and simple phone apps allow you to see in real-time through your cell phone.
If your motorcycle is in the backyard, at the minimum, you should remember to lock the forks. That includes the same when staying overnight at hotels. And always ask the front desk clerk if you can park out front, where the motorcycle is visible to the front desk clerk.
I personally prefer to use disc locks when I travel. It’s fast and easy to attach. Just remember to have some sort of a reminder that the disc is on. I usually attach something to my key ring to remind me.
I also have a thick chain with a nylon cover that works well especially to tie to another motorcycle if out of town on travel.
A kill switch is also a very inexpensive way to protect your motorcycle and easy to install.
On the higher end when it comes to costs, you can try alarms similar to car alarms and even GPS tracking systems.
Of course, motorcycle insurance is another way to protect your investment in case your motorcycle is stolen.
As my father used to say, “just don’t make it simple for them.” The more barriers and the more you complicate things, the more likely the thief will move on to a simpler target.