If you’re lucky enough to say that your motorbike has never stolen, it doesn’t mean to say that it won’t happen in the future. All manner of machines get taken from all kinds of locations and motorbikes that aren’t secured are easy pickings indeed. A wide variety of bikes get stolen for parts, whether stolen to order or the result of an opportune find. The bikes are broken down at lightening speed and the parts shipped out of the country before you’ve barely had time to register it stolen. Unsecured bikes can be easily lifted and placed into the back of a waiting van in seconds.
Don’t listen to those who argue that most alarms and security systems are a waste of money. The more steps you take to protect your bike, the less of an attractive target you become and the less chance of your bike becoming just another crime statistic for central London.
Security products chosen should be high quality and installed correctly. Many DIY jobs are what makes an immobiliser or alarm fail to function in the right way, making their owners believe them to be pointless. Always have motorcycle alarms and immobilisers fitted by a specialist. Invest in the best security you can afford. Police recommendations state that you should spend 10-15% of the bike’s value on protecting it. This is normally not feasible, but it gives you a good indication of how seriously you should be taking your bike’s security. It might be worth having a chat with your insurance company to see what security measures are necessary for your policy to be valid.
It’s no good having a super expensive lock if you then fail to secure your bike to something heavy and solid. A chain and padlock will do nothing if the bike isn’t weighed down by an object. A thief will simply lift the bike and disappear into the night with it. This applies to storing your bike at home and when you’re out and about. When out riding with friends, lock all your bikes together, which makes one bike a ground anchor for the next etc.
Applying the Onion Principle
When thinking of the best possible security measures for your machine, approach the problem like it’s the layers of an onion! When using one product, the thief just needs to get past one layer to steal your beloved bike. Using another product increases the amount of time the thief is now trying to crack your bike. The more layers you add, the less likely it is that a thief will have the patience or time to keep at it. The layers could consist of any of the following:
- Insurance Approved Alarms and/or Immobilisers
- Shackle Locks
- Cable Locks
- Identification and Marking Systems
- Location Trackers
- DIY Alarm and Immobiliser Systems
- Ground Anchors
- Padlocks and Chains
- Disc Locks
- Additional garage shed and outbuilding security
It’s important to have a plan about what you’re going to use at home and when you’re out and about. Depending on your budget, bike type, use and storage location – you’ll want to adapt the onion principle to suit your security needs.