Safeguarding Motorcycles With GPS Tracking Devices
Nothing feels more exhilarating and relaxing than riding a motorcycle on the open road. Feeling the fresh air as you hit the highway, pulling off wherever you want to relax and of course having the ability to weave in and out of congested traffic are just a few of the reasons why men and women opt to choose a bike over a Prius. Being a motorcycle rider makes you part of a community, and that community respects those who ride. Unfortunately, motorcycles are often the target of thieves because bikes can easily be stolen, hidden and scrapped for parts. Many criminals understand that motorcycles have a ton of value on the black market, but now those thieves are being stopped in their tracks thanks to portable GPS trackers that can instantly locate a missing motorcycle.
So how bad is motorcycle theft in the United States? Well the easiest way to find out is by checking the numbers and that data, which is provided by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), shows approximately 50,000 motorcycles were stolen in 2013. Motorcycle theft peaked in the Summer months of July, August and September, which also happens to be the time most motorcycle riders hit the road. However, the most alarming statistic is that when a car gets stolen the police typically have a 60% success rate of recovering that stolen vehicle, but when a motorcycle gets stolen the recovery rate is only 30%! Not to mention, many of the motorcycles that are recovered are often damaged or have had parts stolen from them. Here are a couple other interesting facts when it comes to motorcycle theft:
- California is where most motorcycle theft occurs
- Motorcycle theft increases in Summer months
- Hondas are the motorcycle make most often stolen
GPS Tracking Motorcycles
Hard-wiring a GPS tracker to a vehicle is easy, but a hard-wire connection to a motorcycle is often not an option. With that said, there is still one easy and effective way to track a motorcycle and that’s with a portable real-time GPS tracking device that can be hidden on the motorcycle. Once connected to the motorcycle, a GPS tracker will monitor the bike every second and can even be triggered to alert a motorcycle owner the very second their bike is moved. Therefore, the motorcycle owner will know the moment his bike has been jacked. He can then track the movement of the stolen bike using his smart phone, making it easy to relay the information to police and eventually a safe recovery of the motorcycle.
The cost for a live GPS tracking device runs around $199 and does not include the monthly service obligation for data which is usually an additional $29.95 a month.
Other Tips For Protecting A Motorcycle
- Park bike in well lit area
- Equip GPS tracker on motorcycle
- Don’t let unknown riders ride your bike
- Lock up the bike to a stationary object or at all possible
- Lock the ignition of the motorcycle
Protecting a motorcycle can be done easily with the help of a portable real time GPS tracking device but those who ride bikes should also get follow the above tips and also invest in quality automotive insurance for their motorcycles.