An estimated 45,000 motorcycles are stolen in the United States every year, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Fortunately for owners of two-wheelers, there are steps that can be taken to ensure that they are not counted among the victims. Here are three things you can do to prevent motorcycle theft from happening to you.
Keep your bike hidden
A thief cannot steal what he cannot see. It is, therefore, important to park your bike inside of the garage at home. Take additional measures, such as covering your two-wheeler with its factory cover first and then placing a plain shield on top of that, if you must park on the street. These steps are crucial at night when many thieves come out to see what they can take.
Attach your two-wheeler to a mainstay
Thieves want to quickly take something and flee to their hiding place. Using a chain and U-lock to attach your bike to a tree or light pole prevents them from rapidly walking away with your two-wheeler. They will more than likely get discouraged when they see that they must go through a chain and lock before having the ability to move the vehicle forward.
Think lighting and open space when parking
Many believe that parking motorcycles underneath bright light draws attention to it and encourages lawbreakers to take a stab at theft. Quite the contrary. Parking in an open space with lots of light actually discourages thieves because such illumination and separation draws a crowd. This is why parking a motorcycle in between cars is more beneficial to a thief because of the shield that the larger vehicles provide.
Keystone Insurance Agency, LLC in Groveport, OH insures motorcycle owners with coverage that provides full assurance in the instance of theft. Stop by our office today for a quote.