SIMPLE TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR RIDE
Millions of dollars’ worth of motorcycles, scooters and parts are stolen in Virginia each year. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported 871 motorcycle thefts and 255 recoveries in Virginia in 2019.
The keys to theft prevention are similar for all vehicles. Here are a few tips to help you protect your ride.
FREE VIN STICKER SHEETS
Since 1954, each vehicle offered for sale in the United States is required to have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) assigned—and this includes motorcycles and scooters. (To learn more about VIN click here.)
If you own a motorcycle or scooter, we would like to send you a free Theft Prevention Packet that includes a custom, engraved VIN sticker sheet for your ride along with instructions on how and where to apply your stickers. VIN stickers act as a deterrent for thieves as well as helping to identify the bike parts if they are stolen.
Simply fill out the form below to request your free theft prevention packet..
Once the request is received, your free sticker sheet and Theft Prevention Packet will be processed and mailed to you within a few weeks.
Common sense and good habits are essential to preventing theft.
Take your keys or take your chances
Always lock your handlebars and take your ignition keys with you. Control access to your keys so unapproved copies can’t be made. Be sure you have a copy of the ID for anyone test riding a motorcycle you are trying to sell.
PARK IN A PROTECTED AREA
Avoid parking in dark, secluded area. Whenever possible, park near a street lamp or store front. A garage is even better. And check on your motorcycle periodically.
Don’t leave valuables in plain sight
Remove all valuables from your motorcycle. If you must leave a helmet or jacket, secure them with a lock. Use a cover to make your bike less visible. Every effort you take to protect your vehicle is an obstacle a potential thief would have to overcome.
Thieves prefer an easy target. Here are some steps you can take to make stealing your ride a little tougher.
HEAT offers free, custom engraved VIN stickers to make your motorcycle or scooter identifiable and therefore less appealing to a theft.
Click here to request a VIN Sticker
Physically lock your bike to a stationary, immovable object. Physical barriers such as brake disc locks are great theft deterrents for motorcycles ad scooters.
There are alarms on the market that are specifically designed for motorcycles.
There are several aftermarket companies make subscription-based, hardwired GPS trackers for motorcycles and scooters.
Although they are uncommon, kill switches and immobilizers are an option for motorcycles