Preventing Motorcycle Theft

Preventing Motorcycle Theft

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Tips For Preventing Motorcycle Theft

Avoid becoming a victim of motorcycle theft with these helpful tips for preventing motorcycle theft:

  • Always lock your ignition and remove the key. Many motorcycle thefts take place when the ignition is shut off but it is not locked.
  • Use locks that have large, brightly colored tags to lock the forks or disk brakes.
  • Lock motorcycle to a telephone pole or other permanent fixture to avoid it being lifted into a pickup truck.
  • Use an audible alarm as an additional motorcycle theft deterrent.
  • When traveling with other riders, lock motorcycles together when parked.
  • Park where you can keep an eye on your motorcycle.
  • Check your motorcycle periodically when parking at public events.
  • Immediately after parking, watch to assure no suspicious people are looking at your motorcycle.
  • When parking in a garage, block your motorcycle with automobiles and / or lock it to a permanent fixture such as a pipe. Be sure to close and lock the garage door.
  • Do not store the title on the motorcycle. Store it in a secure location at home or in a safe deposit box.
  • Create a unique mark on your motorcycle and take pictures. These unique markings may be the thing that stops thieves in their tracks.
  • Keep your bike registration and insurance identification card on you when you ride.
  • When staying at a hotel, park in the view of an outdoor security camera. If none are available, park your motorcycle close to your room.
  • Be cautious when giving out private information of where you live, work or hang out.

If you use a trailer to transport your motorcycle, follow these motorcycle theft prevention tips:

  • Park the trailer in a well-lit location near security cameras or in an area easily seen by restaurant, hotel or event staff.
  • Lock the trailer doors and hitch.
  • Secure doors by backing up to a wall, so there is not enough room for doors to be opened.
  • Know your trailer identification and license plate registration numbers.
  • When riding home, make sure you’re not being followed.
  • Install a hidden GPS tracking unit on your motorcycle in case it is stolen.

Protect yourself against motorcycle theft when selling your bike:

  • Ask for the potential buyers name, address, date of birth and drivers license number. Then check their ID to see if it matches. Always be weary of out-of-state drivers licenses.
  • Once the sale is complete, do not hand over the title until the check or money order has been cleared by the bank which can take up to five business days. Mail the title once the payment has cleared.
  • Ask the buyer for his or her name, address, date of birth and driver’s license number. Then ask to see the driver’s license and check that the information given matches the license.
  • Be especially cautious of anyone who presents out-of-state identification.
  • Make sure the potential buyer wasn't dropped off by another party and is planning to take a one-way test ride with your bike. Verify that the buyer owns the vehicle he or she arrived with, and that the vehicle is of equal or greater value than your bike.
  • Check that the buyer's driver’s license carries a valid motorcycle endorsement.
  • It isn’t necessary that you provide a buyer with the title right away. A written document signed by the seller and buyer indicating price and method of payment can serve as proof of purchase. You can forward the title to the buyer once the check has cleared the bank.
  • If you decide to sell your motorcycle on consignment, do not provide the signed title to the dealership until you have received your money in full. Make sure the dealership is a reputable business before you trust them as an agent.
  • Remember, it is better to have a potential buyer be insulted by your cautiousness than to have a thief take off on your motorcycle.

How To File A Stolen Motorcycle Police Report

The first step in any occurrence of theft is to report the incident to the police immediately. This helps you recover the stolen item if it gets confiscated and helps with an insurance claim process on the account an official police report is required to file a claim.

Here are the general steps to file a police report:

  1. Call the non-emergency phone number for the local police station or law enforcement agency where the item was stolen.
  2. Obtain the physical address and go to the police station or law enforcement agency.
  3. Once there, go to the stolen property department if applicable.
  4. While creating a stolen property police report it's important to provide the theft detective or clerk with as many details as possible, especially the item's serial number, any identifying marks or stickers. Also include when, where and how the item was stolen.
  5. Once you have completed the report, be sure to obtain a copy and retain it for follow-up and recovery.

It's important to file a police report for theft, no matter how big, small or valuable the stolen item is, because it helps the police know a thief's (or thieves) M.O. and to control theft by using crime data to increase patrol in areas with a high or rising crime rate. Sometimes an area's theft rate can skyrocket because people don't report theft incidents because the stolen item isn't of high monetary value. This is called petty theft and is how a petty thief can continue stealing because the police are not made aware of their activity.

How To Report A Stolen Motorcycle Online

Get the world on your case! Here are the steps to create an online Stolen Motorcycle report for free:

  1. If not yet registered, click the "Register" link at the top right-hand side of the page or click the "Report" button at page top.
  2. Enter your information and click the "Register" button.
  3. Open the email account used for registration, open the verification email and click the link in the email body or copy and paste it in your browser address bar and press the "Enter" or "Return" key.
  4. Log in to the Stolen Lost Found Online website
  5. Click the "Report" link in the main navigation bar or the "Report" button at page top.
  6. Select the appropriate category.
  7. Select the appropriate sub-category.
  8. Select to post as Stolen.
  9. Enter as much information about the Stolen Motorcycle as possible - the make, model and serial number are especially important. Also helpful are any identifying marks and photos if available.
  10. Click the "Submit" button.

That's it. Once the Stolen Motorcycle report is submitted it will post on Stolen Lost Found Online immediately and will appear on the search engines within a day. By reporting online you literally make a world of difference for recovering your Stolen Motorcycle, long into the future.

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