Motocross security is an important part of keeping your bike in your possession, and out of the hands of would-be thieves. There are a number of simple things that you can do to make sure that your bike's storage space is safe, and to deter criminals from marking you as a potential victim. Upgrading the windows and doors of your storage space, investing in anti-theft devices, and using your possessions to protect your bike can make stealing it difficult for anyone who tries. If you also regularly practice habits that throw criminals off your trail, you can see to it that your bike remains your prized possession.
Upgrade Your Windows and Doors
Doors to your bike's storage space should have at least two extra locks on them, one of which should be a deadlock. Consider applying a film over windows to cloud thieves' line of sight into your garage. Check your windows' locks for their functionality, and think about installing some security bars. Fortify an electric or panel garage door by tying it down or use bolts and hasps to lock it down. When purchasing external locks, buy those that have wide casing, so that they are less likely to be broken by bolt cutters.
Use Your Own Stuff as Theft Deterrent
You can buy a lot of ant-theft devices, but one of the best ways to protect your bike from theft is to use your current possessions to your advantage. For example, you can always make sure to park your bike in back of large and heavy objects in a storage space. Setting your bike behind cars or other vehicles can go a long way in motocross security, as it can become virtually impossible to move the bike, if it cornered by other vehicles. You can put up some dark curtains in your garage so that peeking into your garage or storage space is even harder. Consider strategically placing less expensive items in front of your bike to conceal it, too. It can also be a good idea to lock and chain your bike, even while it's sitting in your garage. To make it even harder for criminals to steal your bike, simply take off the wheels and store them elsewhere.
When You're Out and About
Don't assume that actively riding your dirt bike out on the open road keeps it safe from theft. Even when you're on top of your bike, you still have to keep your eyes peeled for would-be thieves. Be careful who you give out personal information to, as telling others where you live can give them clues about where you store your bike. Always be on the lookout for people who might be following you home or to your bike's storage space. Consider taking alternate routes when driving home, and circling around blocks close to your bike's storage space to throw off thieves. Know that criminals are more likely to be out on the weekend, when they know that riders have the leisure time to take their bikes out for a spin. Avoid the temptation to wash your bike in your front yard, as it can alert criminals to your bike's storage space.
During a Trail Emergency
You can still practice great motocross security, even when you have an emergency out on a trail. If you have to leave your bike behind, make sure that it's off the road and behind an object large enough to block it from view. You can also try to cover it up with leaves, branches and other natural brush to conceal it. If you happen to have your tools with you, you can remove its spark plug and gearshift lever, which will make movement by anyone else other than you extremely difficult.
All the security in the world won't help, if your bike is stolen, and you can't identify it. Make sure your bike is registered. Know your bike's engine number and chassis number (VIN). Also note which accessories and modifications you have installed on the bike. You may also opt to uniquely mark your bike in a predetermined spot to help with identification, should your bike be picked up and found somewhere. Lastly, take pictures of your bike. You'll want evidence of its most recent condition, and that is belongs to you!
Quick Tips: Preventing Motorcycle Theft (PDF): The Motorcycle Safety Foundation gives riders quick safety and theft prevention tips.
Austin Police Department Offers Tips to Prevent Motorcycle Theft: Austin suffers from a high number of bicycle thefts, and its police department offers advice to keep your bike safe here.
Motorcycle Security: Lock It or Lose It: American Motorcyclist suggests ways to make stealing your bike more difficult, including installing alarms, wisely choosing parking spaces, and thinking twice when offering test rides.
Tips for Preventing the Theft of Your Bike: Geico deals with motorcycle thefts often. These are tips to help keep an insured motorcycle owner protected.
Prevent Motorcycle Theft: Fairfax County's list of motorcycle theft prevention tactics are listed here. It suggests using modern technology to your advantage, like installing a GPS tracking system, and always parking in front of security cameras.
Secure It or Lose It: Tips for Motorcycle Theft Prevention (PDF): This motorcycle theft fact and tip sheet is great for Australian riders.
Safety Tips for Motorcycles: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers some general riding safety advice.
Motorcycle Safety: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers motorcycle safety tips in the form of a pamphlet here.
West Virginia Department of Transportation's Motorcycle Safety Tips: West Virginia’s Department of Transportation provides traffic-related safety advice for motorcycle enthusiasts.
Discovery News' The Top 10 Motorcycle Safety Tips: Discovery lists the top 10 motorcycle safety rules here.
Written By: AndrewT