The theft of motorbikes, like cars, has increased in recent years, but that’s not the only bad news. Whilst theft is going up, the rate at which stolen bikes are being recovered is going down. For every 5 bikes stolen, only 2 are expected to be recovered, but It doesn’t have to be that way.

We wanted to arm you with some of the ways you can strengthen your bikes security to prevent your two-wheeled beast from being stolen. Some of them you might be aware of and others you might not. Some are overt and others more covert, but all designed to secure your motorbike and stop it falling into the wrong hands.

Don’t Make It Obvious

There’s nothing wrong with being proud of your bike. We’re sure you’ve worked hard to afford it and riding it will give you immense pleasure, but the first prevention tactic is not to advertise the fact that you have something worth stealing. Motorbikes are often stolen to order, so if you have one on their list, let’s not make it easy for them. If you can, store your bike out of sight, whether that’s in the garage, round the back of the house or just tucked away. If you can avoid keeping it outside in full view, then please do.

Vigilance Is Key

Probably the cheapest security option on this list won’t actually cost you anything, and that’s just to be vigilant. As previously mentioned, many bikes are stolen based on order lists, so keep your eyes peeled for anyone looking suspicious or acting strangely, either near your home or your work.  Thieves often scope out the area beforehand, so watch out for anyone acting suspiciously. If you have a local neighbourhood watch scheme, then get yourself signed up. The more eyes keeping look out, the better.

Visual Deterrents

If you don’t have one already, invest in a good steering lock for your bike. Whilst there are few physical locks that can’t be overcome with a bit of brute force and dedication, it’s fitted to make life a little harder for thieves. It will make the bike harder to physically manipulate or moved somewhere more secluded. It will, more importantly, also add time to the theft itself, something they will want to avoid.

Similarly, invest in a heavy-duty chain and even a ground anchor at home to help secure your bike. Remember when using the chain to go through the frame of the bike, not just the wheel. Obviously there probably won’t be a ground anchor when you’re out and about, but look for immoveable objects like lampposts or dedicated bike racks to secure your bike to.

Fit a Tracker

It should come as no surprise that having a tracker fitted to your motorbike is a no-brainer when it comes to not only securing it, but also recovering it should the worst happen. We would recommend the Datatool Stealth S5 motorbike tracker, one of the most advance motorcycle trackers you can buy in the UK.

As an S5 rated device, it meets Thatcham’s highest security protocol because it combats all known methods the thieves will utilise to try and steal your two-wheeled behemoth. This defence starts the second you switch off the ignition.

It does this by creating an invisible geo-fence around your bike, looking for any unauthorised movement. The second it detects any, the 24-hour control centre will be notified and so will you, thanks to its dedicated smartphone app. It’s also supported by the police, comes with Automatic Driver Tags (ADR) and even has G Sense notification for crash detection for when you’re out on the open road.

Its time to start the fight back against motorcycle thieves, and if you’re looking to have a tracker installed, give us a call and we can arrange to have one fitted no matter where you are in the UK.