By James “Hollywood” Macecari
Nothing is worse than walking outside to see your motorcycle gone. In today’s society nothing is sacred and no matter the area of the country you’re from, your ride is not safe. There are some steps you can take to secure your ride from these POS who run around stealing motorcycles. First some statistics on what brands are the most sought after and states with highest theft rates.
Motorcycle theft statistics
The more you know about the tendencies of bike thieves, the better you can stay one step ahead. Here are some key motorcycle theft facts, courtesy of the NICB.
5 most-stolen motorcycles
Not surprisingly, the strongest bait for bike theft are powerful models with street-racing capabilities and profitable parts. Be particularly cautious if you ride a Honda — nearly 1 out of every 5 motorcycles stolen is a Honda.
3 months with highest theft risk
3 months with lowest theft risk
Just like you, bike thieves are most comfortable when it’s warm out. Make extra sure to take security precautions once summer hits.
5 states with the most motorcycle thefts
- North Carolina
Most bikes are easy to steal because people don’t do a simple thing. LOCK THEIR IGNITION!!! The easy thing that can prevent a theft from happening. Make sure before you go anywhere, even if it’s for a few moments, lock that ignition.
1. Get some kind of anti-theft device. Here are examples of what I use on my Fatboy when I’m at rallies.
Sykik Rider 2-Way Motorcycle Alarm with LCD pager remote, remote engine start and shut off, with motion, sensor, tilt sensor and shock sensor. $59.99
The reason why I employ all three is that at rallies. Especially the bigger ones. Thieves are on the prowl. Rallies like Sturgis, Daytona and more are a thieves dream. Bikers are off partying and getting a good buzz and the last thing on their minds are watching the bikes. Here is the thing about motorcycle thieves. Besides being pieces of shit. They look for the vulnerable targets. They are not going to sit around and devote time messing with a bike with obvious security systems. No. They are going to hit the ones without any visible security.
Again, the first thing they do is a walk by the bike. Check to see if there is any security device and then they merely turn the ignition to see if it’s locked. If the ignition isn’t locked, they just hop on and go. If they really want the bike and have enough time, they will either try to roll it or lift it if they have a couple of guys. This is where the grip locks and wheel locks come in. Those two security devices make it almost impossible to roll a bike. Backed up by a hidden alarm system you should be pretty well assured they will move onto the next target.
Like any security system. It’s possible to defeat it depending on the thief. But for under a hundred bucks isn’t it worth it to secure your bike and more importantly your mind while you’re out at a party?
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Source Daily Breeze
Two men and a woman were arrested by Torrance police on suspicion of vehicle theft, drug possession and other counts Monday morning, May 21, authorities said.
About 4:45 a.m., Torrance police officers responded to the 5500 block of Torrance Boulevard after a resident reported suspicious activity involving multiple suspects removing a motorcycle from the location, Sgt. Ronald Harris said in a news release.
Redondo Beach police officers assisted Torrance police in patrolling the area.
About 5:05 a.m., officers located three suspects in a McDonald’s drive-through at 19009 Hawthorne Boulevard, Harris said.
Two suspects fled on foot, but were apprehended. The third suspect stayed at the scene.
They were identified as 47-year old Sandy Lawrence of Seal Beach, 32-year old Zachary Barnes of Lakewood and 35-year-old Ron Phillips of Long Beach.
It wasn’t immediately clear which of the two suspects attempted to flee on foot.
Police found each individual was in possession of suspected narcotics, Harris said.
Investigators believe the three suspects stole a 2004 Harley-Davidson, which was later returned to its owner by police, Harris said.
In addition to vehicle theft, all three were being held on suspicion of conspiracy and possession of narcotics. Barnes was also being held on suspicion of possessing stolen property, identity theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, Harris said.
Anyone with additional information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Torrance Police Department at 310-328-3456.