What to Do if Your Motorcycle Is Stolen

The Springfield Police Department is searching for a man and woman who allegedly stole a motorcycle from QC Moto/Springfield Yamaha located on East Kearney Street. The store’s surveillance cameras reportedly recorded the couple entering the business and stealing a black 2011 Suzuki GSX 1300 motorcycle.

Motorcycle thefts continue to cause concern for bike owners nationwide. In 2013, 43,000 motorcycles were stolen in the United States. The top 5 favorite brands for thieves (in order) were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Harley-Davidson. That same year, Missouri ranked number 13th of states with the highest rates of motorcycle thefts with 1,124 reported missing or stolen bikes. While this is a 4.7% decrease from 2012, the recovery rate is more grim: only 40% of all stolen motorcycles are found.

Unfortunately, professional thieves will likely steal your motorcycle no matter what precautions you take, but you can be proactive about motorcycle safety by doing your part to keep your own bike from becoming a statistic. In this post, Ozarks On Two Wheels has put together a list of tips to keep your motorcycle out of the hands of thieves.

Use a Lock and Chain It to Something Solid

You can trick a bad guy into believing you’re bike isn’t worth the risk. Locks take both time and tools to break, and the act of breaking the lock will likely attract the attention of passers-by. Added to that is the visual deterrent. This alone may be enough to convince amateur thieves the time and effort are not worth the payoff.

Park it on a busy street or well-lit area

A thief is more likely to be seen or even stopped if you avoid parking your bike in a dark, isolated area.

Answer your alarm

If you have an alarm system, answer it as soon as it goes off. Professional thieves often plot a bike heist by tripping alarms and waiting to see if anyone responds. If even if it’s late and you’re in your pajamas, it’s worth your time to investigate what caused the alarm to go off.

Post on Krimeshare

If you do experience the misfortune of having your bike stolen, Krimeshare is a great online resource to spread the word about your loss with folks who will sympathize. The website “exists to easily connect concerned citizens and allow them to assist with law enforcement and community investigations.” You can even post the make and model of your bike along with information on when and where it was stolen.

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