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Fayetteville police: Secure your motorcycle

Posted October 18, 2010

Fayetteville police issued a list of tips Monday for motorcycle owners to prevent theft. They suggested:

Park bikes in a garage if possible, or cover them when not in use.

Use a steering lock. Even though they can be easily defeated, a lock acts as a first line of defense.

Do not keep lock rested on the ground. Leverage can destroy the lock. Make sure the lock is attached through the frame.

Use disc locks to prevent thieves from lifting a bike into waiting truck or van.

Consider adding a cable and anchor the bike to something strong and solid.

Use multiple, different locks to secure a bike. A thief will likely nor be prepared for breaking multiple locks.

Install a kill-switch that must be pressed whenever the start button is depressed.  Consider removing the main fuse when the bike is parked.

Store the number of the lock separate from the bike and file the number off. With the number, a thief can get a key made to match.

Park in a well-lit area and display an alarm sticker on the bike.


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  • Dismald Oct 19, 2010

    4 guy's + 2 Poles + 15 seconds to a waiting truck/van= goodbye bike!

  • WHEEL Oct 19, 2010

    Fayetteville Police telling you how to do their job, stopping thefts.

  • danunger Oct 19, 2010

    BTW.....Buy a Harley Dresser and it is the same or higher price as many mid size cars $29,000.00, that said, you can have Lo-Jack installed on a bike. BLUF....a dedicated thief can rip a bike in less than a minute, locks only keep honest people honest. Watch the area where you park, bad things happen in bad places.

  • teachyourchildrenwell Oct 19, 2010

    Keep full coverage insurance too!

  • meBNme Oct 19, 2010

    There is a lo-jack for bikes.

  • Garnerian Oct 19, 2010

    All they need to do is set a motorcycle somewhere and watch it. Sooner or later someone is going to try to take it. After a while the thieves will get the hint and know they are going to get caught. I remember hearing about horse thieves being hanged. Well there's an idea.

  • echaze Oct 19, 2010

    Is there anything like a tracking tag, like for dogs that can be attached in case they are stolen?

  • Bill of Rights Oct 19, 2010

    Hater: I hate to say it, but I kind of agree. Motorcycles make great transportation for people who don't have a lot of money, but they're just too darned easy to steal. Unless the bike is physically locked to an immovable object, it's too easy for a few people to pick it up and put it in the back of a truck. Getting brake locks and steering locks undone is just a matter of time after that. When I lived in an apartment a few years ago I rented a small storage locker that I could park the bike in. It was inconvenient to have to go there every morning to get the bike, but at least I knew it would be there every morning.

  • str8jacket304 Oct 19, 2010

    To mulecitybabe: I think you are right about your comment. It seems like the Fayetteville Police has a thing of not being straight with the public (like that rape thing).

  • hollylama Oct 19, 2010

    Practically 30% of the soldiers in Fayetteville have motorcycles and many of them reside in apartments. They also have good insurance...