How to Prevent Motorcycle Theft? – Tips to Remember

Motorbike criminals no longer just hide in the dark. Robberies and crimes in broad daylight are getting more and more common! While we are certain our readers are smart enough not to make amateur mistakes (like leaving bikes unlocked in public places), it doesn’t hurt to learn a few more tips on how to prevent motorcycle theft.

This article will shed more light on this issue. Keep diving in!

How to Prevent Motorcycle Theft?


Some practical safety devices to install include steering locks, kill switches, anti-theft alarms, and quality chains to tighten the bike to heavy objects. Adopt several lock types all at once if possible, and always choose well-lit parking areas for the motorcycle. If any stranger follows you on your way home, cut him off. 

Method 1. Use Steering Locks or Numerous Lock Types

Though these locks can be broken with more modern devices, they still serve as a great first-step defense, discouraging any novice thief! It would be even better if the steering locks and your ignition system locks were kept separate, which means those criminals must strike through two different locks to succeed. 

Buying more than two locks of varied types is also a terrific idea! Unless this thief has stalked you for months already, he cannot tackle numerous lock types in a short amount of time. 

Aside from steering locks, here are several common lock alternatives that you could consider:

  • Disc brake locking: to secure the wheels and keep them from rolling.
  • Fork locking: to secure the wheel’s fork
  • Motorbike ignition locking: it only works if you have locked and turned off the ignition.

Again, remember to keep them separate!

Method 2. Keep The Locks Off The Grounds

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Whatever locks you purchase, never forget this critical tip: do not rest them on the grounds!

Why so? The reason is simple if you think about it enough: the grounds are pretty solid, which will lend the thief enough leverage for lock breaking. Meanwhile, a lock kept above the floor will refuse to give the criminal such advantages, preventing him from prying them open!

On another note, we also recommend attaching them through a sturdy frame. Wheels or forks also work well, though less desirably.

Method 3. Lock It To Something Huge and Heavy

Sure, a couple of locks or two can inconvenience a beginner thief. But some determined criminals will simply hoist your motorbike into a truck nearby without any difficulties. 

But what if you decided to insert a cable and anchor the bike to a solid object? Things will no longer be all sunshine and roses for those bad guys!

Apply this tip at all times – especially if you must be away for extended periods. Even bikes kept within garages or at home are not an exception!

To secure your success, you should purchase a thick cable or chain – coupled with high-quality padlocks. Both must comprise strong textiles that render them unbeatable against bolt cutters. Cases in point include hardened steel chains and asymmetrical cables.

Method 4. Install Kill Switches or Alarms

Determined to beat these bad guys? Then wire up spring-loaded or kill switches that refuse to let the bike start unless they are held down. 

Why does it work? Once these switches are installed, they prevent electricity from arriving at your spark plugs, which eventually stops the engine from starting. 

Remember to keep this switch well-hidden, by the way. Otherwise, the thief will simply disable it, and all your efforts will go down the drain!

Anti-theft alarms are also strongly advised – regarded as among the most efficient counterattacks against criminals. Make sure to choose one that sounds a bit different from regular alarms, or people will mistake them for other common noises. Furthermore, tune its sensitivity well to avoid false alarms!

One common suggestion is to purchase alarms with sounds comparable to destruction – like breaking glass, for instance. That will draw everyone’s attention! 

Method 5. Choose Well-Lit Parking Areas And See If Someone’s Following You


For outdoor parking, always choose a conspicuous and well-lit area. Plastering an “Alarm Installed” sticker will also discourage those bastards!

Another thing to keep in mind is that professional thieves tend to spot their “ideal” bikes (for stealing, of course) by following their owners. Always watch the mirrors for at least five or six blocks when you approach the parking spots. Is there anyone behind your back?

If this person seems unwavering to tail behind you, try to cut them off. You may pull the bike over and let him pass you first, go round the blocks, or make U-turns. Do not go home till you make sure the guy is no longer around.

What Should I Do When I Lose My Motorbike?

File your report to the local police and insurance company. Then start asking around the neighborhood to find it back. 

1. Report The Case to Local Police

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The first step is to file official reports at a local station. The sooner, the better; some motorcycles are found within 1 or 2 days.

Also, there’s a possibility that your bike was stolen along with some other motorcycles. Police will connect these cases together to get their hands on the criminals once and for all, increasing the chances of your bike getting found.

From an insurance viewpoint, lots of insurance companies refuse to file claims on your behalf unless there are written reports for police officers – all the more reason to inform your local police team! Make sure to get one or two copies of that report so that you can show the insurance agent later.

2. Report The Case to An Insurance Company

The insurance company should be your next priority. Since many companies have limitation statutes on report timing, remember to file the report as soon as possible!

As we already mentioned, it’s a must to give the agent an official report from the police (if you forgot to make a copy, at least try to remember the report number – or the name of the policeman who wrote that document). 

The insurance agent will then contact the police station to ensure that your bike has truly been missing – and that you are not attempting to deceive them for insurance cash.

3. Look For The Bike Yourself

Once the previous two steps have been done, go out the street to ask around. Inquire a neighbor about who he saw near your house, if any stranger was pushing a bike, or was there any nearby truck, etc. 

It would be preferable to do this on the very day your bike was missing. The longer you call things off, the fewer chances it will come back.

Drive several miles within your residence’s radius to sport any signal of your precious motorcycle. It’s not as hopeless as it sounds! In fact, a lot of amateur criminals (especially first-time thieves) chicken out at the end and decide to dump the bike somewhere off the road.


Our post has delivered practical guidelines on how to prevent motorcycle theft. In the unfortunate case that your bike still ends up missing, follow the steps discussed in the latter half to get it back as soon as possible. Feel free to write to us if we fail to cover any other area!

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