An unsecured motorcycle is an easy target for thieves as they are relatively lightweight and can be wheeled away and lifted into a waiting vehicle.
By taking the following advice from Suffolk Constabulary, you can reduce the chance of becoming a victim of motorcycle crime.
Lock it. Locks make it much more difficult for thieves to physically move the motorcycle and will also put off opportunist thieves.
Mark it. 1 in 5 stolen motorcycles don’t find their way home because their owners can’t be traced. Marking parts of your bike with your Vehicle Identification Number, vehicle registration and postcode will help police officers trace and return your bike if it is stolen.
Alarm it. An alarm system fitted by a technician will be a great addition to your security. It will not only put off thieves but could also reduce your insurance premiums.
Hide it. If you have a garage, make sure you use it. Many thefts occur from the owner’s home because they get complacent and leave their bike outside overnight.
However, if you must leave your bike outside, never leave it somewhere which is out of sight and easy to access, as this will give thieves the shelter and time to disable any alarms or locks. Park in a well-lit area where it can be seen, day and night, ideally somewhere busy where many people will pass by, such as in front of a shop or, better, near 24/7 monitored Town CCTV masts. Alternatively, park within ‘Park Mark’ police-approved car parks which provide security protection.