Almost every day we see “Bike Stolen” posts on social media. It’s awful, and even if your insurance will cover it, often there is no replacing the sense of a bond which one has with one’s bike, and of course the excess on the insurance might be pretty high too. All in all, it’s not a pleasant experience.
Below are a few tips on keeping your bike safer and hopefully out of the hands of scumbag thieves.
If you are fortunate enough to live in a house with a garage, this is likely to be your best defence against thieves. Not just because the bike is out of sight, but also because it’s an extra barrier: breaking into a garage is likely to be noisy and slow a potential thief down considerably. And of course it’ll stop opportunist criminals spotting your bike in the first place!
Many modern bikes come with immobilisers, meaning that it’s impossible to start them without the right pre programmed key. It may not stop thieves lifting the bike up into a van, but it certainly makes the prospect less attractive. In fact, some insurance companies now ask if the motorbike has an immobiliser before they provide a quote.
Alarms are controversial: some folks swear by them, others say they drain their battery and don’t do much. Either way, a loud noise is likely to startle a thief and if the bike is garaged and an attempted theft takes place at night, it might wake the owner up and alert them to what’s happening!
Believe it or not, the principle of “out of sight, out of mind” does work. If an opportunist thief is cruising the streets looking for a bike to steal, and they see one which is exposed and one which is covered, of course the exposed one will more likely to attract their attention. Harsh though it sounds, when running away from an angry bear, one doesn’t need to run faster than the bear, only faster than the other guy. At Zenith Motorcycles we have a range of covers for different sizes of bikes. Pop by the shop for a browse!
A solid ground anchor is an excellent immovable object to attach your motorbike to (with a good chain of course). It can be installed inside a garage, on your drive or in the back garden. Some local authorities now install ground anchors in solo motorcycle bays. Installation may take a bit of effort but if you are very protective of your bike and worry that it’s visible to potential thieves if it’s for example, parked on your front drive, it may be worth it.
A good solid security chain to attach your bike to an immovable object is a simple and practical solution to the possibility of bike theft. No chain is completely indestructible but the Almax Immobiliser comes close. However any solid chain is a deterrent to opportunists, and we have a range of Oxford ones in the shop, at great prices.
The lightest and most portable solution is a disc lock, the more solid the better. It may not stop a determined thief with heavy duty cutting tools, but it’ll make it impossible for an opportunist to wheel your bike away. Another option is an alarmed disc lock: the noise will alert those around that the bike is being interfered with and make being near the it pretty unpleasant for a would be criminal!
ZENITH STAFF RECOMMENDATION: GPS tracker
What all of this comes down to is that if the bad guys really want to steal a bike, they will, even if all the various security measures have slowed them down a lot. You’d hope that the effort and deterrent effects will force them to move on, but if they don’t and aren’t caught red handed, then a GPS tracker will mean that the bike’s location will be known to the owner and consequently the police!
Zenith Motorcycles technician Cosmo says: “Even if the thieves bring an angle grinder to cut through the best chain, this Oxford GPS tracker will tell the owner where the bike is. It’s not attached to the bike’s battery and can be concealed somewhere on the bike, so the thieves have no idea it’s there!”
You can purchase one from Zenith Motorcycles for £199.99, and it lasts for 10 years. That’s a great price for peace of mind!
Failing all else, why not ask a friendly mountain lion like this one to sit on your bike whilst you pop to the shops..?
That should put the thieves off, and keep the seat nice and warm for you too!