are better than none!
an attractive item for thieves.
National statistics show only 3 in 10
stolen motorcycles will be recovered and
returned to their owners. The rest end up
on the black market, stripped and/or sold
for spare parts
takes seconds to hoist a motorcycle into a van
and take off. In 2011 New York had 1,460
motorcycle thefts, but if you follow these
basic tips you help yourself or a friend avoid
becoming a victim of motorcycle theft:
* Lock your ignition and
remove the key. National statistics show most
bike thefts occur when the ignition is shut
off, but not locked.
* Lock the forks or disk
brakes with locks that have large, brightly
* If traveling with other
riders, lock motorcycles together when not in
* If riding alone, lock
your bike to a secure, stationary object that
can't be easily dismantled.
* Add an audible alarm to
* 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.
* Keep an eye on your
bike. When parking at a public event, check
your motorcycle periodically, especially right
after leaving your bike.
* If parking in a garage,
block your bike with automobiles, close the
garage door and make sure it is locked.
* Don't store your title
in your bike's storage compartment, tank bag
or saddlebag. The safest place for your title
is at home.
* 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.
* Keep your bike
registration and insurance identification card
on you when you ride.
If the bike is stolen
make it impossible to sell. Mark everything
that could be sold as a second hand spare part
with a clearly visible identifying mark, both
in visible and secret places, preferably with
the bikes frame number.
For further safety tips,
or by calling the Community Affairs Bureau at