Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Keep an Eye on Your Ride

Tomorrow’s forecast is supposed to be colder, but the past few days have been warm enough to bring out the motorcycles.  If you find yourself among those that are bringing your motorcycle out of the garage and preparing for the roadway, this warning is for you.

Last summer we saw a trend of motorcycle thefts.  Motorcycles that are left unattended for extended periods or during the overnight hours can be targets for a few strong individuals.  So far this year, we have already had six reported incidents of motorcycles stolen from parking lots.  So far, these have all been in apartment complexes.

If you don’t have a garage to store your motorcycle, do what you can to secure your bike so you aren’t the next victim.  The Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides this list of suggestions on their website:

 Lock your ignition and remove the key. 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 colored tags.

If traveling with other riders, lock motorcycles together when not in use.

If riding alone, lock your bike to a secure, stationary object that can’t be easily dismantled, such as a light pole.

Add an audible alarm to your motorcycle.

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 immediately after leaving your bike to make sure there are no suspicious individuals lurking about.

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 or in a bank safety deposit box.

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.

Be careful about giving out private information such as where you live, work or play.

It sounds like Kansas City is in for one more cold snap, but when you do bring your motorcycle out of hibernation, ride safe and enjoy the warmer weather.