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12 Ways to Protect Against Motorcycle Theft

Motorcycles are a tempting steal for would-be thieves. This is because they’re both more accessible and less visible in most parking areas. It’s critical that bike owners exercise a greater amount of caution to protect their vehicle and it’s contents. With that in mind, here are 12 tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to help you avoid being a victim of motorcycle theft:

  1. Lock your ignition and remove the key. Most bike thefts occur when the ignition is shut off, but not locked.
  2. Lock the forks or disk brakes with locks that have large, brightly colored tags.
  3. If traveling with other riders, lock motorcycles together when not in use.
  4. If riding alone, lock your bike to a secure stationary object that can’t be easily dismantled, such as a light pole.
  5. Add an audible alarm to your motorcycle
  6. When traveling and spending the night at a hotel, locate an outdoor security camera and park your bike in the camera’s view. If this is not possible, park your bike close to your room.
  7. Keep an eye on your bike. When parking at a public event, check your motorcycle periodically, especially immediately after leaving your bike, to make sure there are no suspicious individuals lurking about.
  8. If parking in a garage, block your bike with automobiles, close the garage door and make sure it is locked.
  9. Don’t store your title in your bike’s storage compartment, tank bag or saddlebag. The safest place for your title is at home.
  10. Uniquely mark and then photograph your bike. If thieves take your bike, note its unique markings to law enforcement using the photos you have taken
  11. Keep your bike registration and insurance identification card on your when you ride.
  12. Be careful about giving out private information where you live, work or play.

But even the most careful owners can still find their bike and/or its contents stolen or damages. Therefore, it’s always a great idea to be sure that your motorcycle adequately insured and the insurance is up-to-date! If you have any questions about motorcycle or other vehicle insurance, call the friendly professionals at Huntingdon Insurance Group at 215- 942-0616.