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Stop, Thief! How to Prevent Your Illinois Motorcycle from Being Stolen

One of the factors influencing your motorcycle insurance premium is whether or not you have an anti-theft device on your bike. Such a device is a good idea anyway; you definitely don’t want your bike to become a statistic. But what other ways can you discourage a thief from stealing your ride?

Motorcycle Cruiser lists the following recommendations on its website:

  • Keep your motorcycle in a garage. If you don’t have a garage, cover your bike, preferably not with a fancy cover that screams, “Steal Me!” 
  • Keep the steering lock engaged. Even though thieves can easily overcome this hurdle, they will have more trouble maneuvering the bike.
  • Keep your lock up and off the ground, where a thief cannot muster the leverage to break it. Thread the lock through the frame.
  • Use the lock to anchor your bike to something solid, even if the bike is kept in a garage. If you are parked where there is not an immovable item to attach the lock to, lock your bike to a buddy’s bike.
  • Use two or more different kinds of lock in addition to the bike’s built-in lock.
  • Buy good-quality locks, such as alarmed disc locks, U-locks made of steel, and asymmetrical chains measuring 5/8 inches or more.
  • Wire a kill switch or spring-loaded switch that has to be held down while the start button is pushed.
  • Remove the main fuse when you park your motorcycle.
  • Record your key numbers, then file them off the locks if they are stamped on. This prevents anyone with the key number from getting a key made.
  • If you park outside, make sure it is in a well-lit, conspicuous area.
  • Place a sticker that says “Alarm Installed” on your motorcycle.
  • Set up a booby trap that makes a lot of noise, such as a pile of bottles with a trip wire. Although an alarm seems like a good idea, most of us hear false alarms so often that we no longer pay attention.
  • Watch out for someone who may be following you. It could be a thief who is casing the situation in preparation for stealing your bike. If you think someone is following you, make a U-turn, pull over until he passes, or go around the block. Don’t leave your bike unattended at your destination until you have shaken the person following you.

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