Motorcycles are an easy target for the opportunist thief and can be wheeled away or bundled into a van in seconds. All machines are at risk.
Professional thieves target the machines they want. They either steal them for resale or "cannibalise" them to rebuild damaged motorcycles. Many are stolen for the overseas market.
Although motorcycles may seem harder to secure than cars, basic security is a must
To make life as difficult as possible for both casual and professional thieves, make sure you do the following:
Fit a motorcycle alarm, available from DlY or bike shops, and make it conspicuous. An alarm warning sticker will help put off the opportunist thief.
Security marking as many parts of the motorcycle and accessories as possible with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), registration number or your postcode, will:
Provide proof of ownership and evidence for police use.
There are various methods of security marking, all inexpensive and easily available, either through DIY or carried out professionally by dealers:
Indelible ink or ultraviolet pens can be used to mark a motorcycle’s non-metal parts and accessories and are available from most stationers.
Ultraviolet marks are invisible to the naked eye but show up under an ultraviolet lamp. However, remember to renew such marks every few weeks before they begin to fade.
Engraving or etching
Metal stamps or a glass etching kit can also be used and should be accompanied by a security sticker warning "All parts marked".