Given the cost of motorcycles, riders need to keep security in mind at all times, especially in the summer months when most thefts occur.
(PRWEB) November 28, 2013
Texas Motorcycle attorney Billy Edwards has released anti-theft tips for motorcycle riders in the wake of a report that Texas ranks third in the nation for stolen bikes. Edwards, of the Edwards Law Firm, Corpus Christi, provides legal and safety information for motorcycle riders at http://www.edwardsmotorcyclelaw.com.
The Houston, San Antonio and Dallas areas were thieves’ favorite locations, and late model Hondas, Yamahas and Suzuki’s their favorite targets, Edwards said. The data was included in the National Insurance Crime Bureau report released Nov. 25. https://www.nicb.org/newsroom/news-releases/2012-motorcycle-theft-and-recovery-report
“There were 46,061 motorcycles stolen in the U.S. in 2012, a slight decrease from the year before. Of those, 3,400 were stolen in Texas, a decrease of 550 bike thefts from 2011,” Edwards said.
“The bad news is that only 28% of motorcycles stolen in Texas are ever recovered, compared to 39% nationwide,” he said. According to the NICB report, most stolen motorcycles are either “chopped up” for parts, which are resold, or held until they can be shipped to another country.
Edwards, a long-time motorcycle rider and safety advocate, speculated that Texas’ proximity to Mexico might account for the lower recovery rate in Texas. “Obviously, thieves want to get the bikes, or the parts, out of American jurisdiction as quickly as possible,” he said. “Given the cost of motorcycles, riders need to keep security in mind at all times, especially in the summer months when most thefts occur,” he added.
He released the following tips to help prevent a motorcycle from being stolen:
- Lock your ignition and remove the key. Many thefts occur when the ignition is shut off, but not locked.
- Lock the forks or disk brakes.
- If riding with others, lock multiple bikes together.
- If alone, lock your motorcycle to a stationary object, like a light pole.
- Put an audible alarm on your motorcycle.
- In a parking lot, park your motorcycle in view of a security camera, where you can view it from a restaurant, or outside your door if staying in a motel.
- In a garage, block your bike in with cars and lock the garage door.
- Keep your title at home, not on your bike.
- Take a photo of your bike and note any unique markings, in case you need it to show police.
Edwards Motorcycle Law has been looking after the interests of motorcycle riders for more than 25 years, and is known for expertise in going head to head with insurance companies and a record of winning in court and at the negotiating table. The firm actively pushes manufacturers to make bikes safer, and it has developed a unique Safe Weights Calculator to help riders determine the safe carrying capacity of cruisers.