While automobile GPS tracking has effectively provided owners with peace of mind concerning the location and safety of their cars and trucks for years, the devices have not yet made much impact in the world of motorcyclists. Motorcycles have always presented a trickier problem when it comes to security due to their open design. Coupled with the fact that serious bikers want to maintain the sleek lines and classic designs of their bikes, the typical motorcycle design has caused motorcycles to become prime targets for theft. And because they’re easy to dismantle and sell for parts, most owners never get their stolen bikes back.
As motorcyclists across the country prepare for spring bike rallies, many of them are turning to GPS tracking devices to reduce the incidence of theft both at home and on the road. While tracking units of the past were clunky and difficult to conceal, newer models utilize smaller designs and magnetic capabilities, making them easy to attach out of sight. That’s good news both for design purists and for those looking to conceal the trackers from would-be motorcycle thieves. In addition, the units can track speed, direction, and stop durations, making recovery much more feasible if a theft does occur.
Law enforcement officers have reported success in cracking motorcycle theft rings using “bait bikes.” These bikes, usually left in a purposely low-security spot during bike rallies or other places where lots of bikers gather, offer the perfect temptation for a bike thief. As soon as the concealed tracking unit registers motion, police can pinpoint and follow the thief as he cruises toward his destination.
Many times, these thieves operate as part of a larger theft ring that steals cars and motorcycles and either resells them or dismantles them and sells the parts. If police can nab the entire ring, they can reduce overall thefts both of motorcycles and of cars and other targeted vehicles in the area.
For individual motorcycle owners, GPS tracking can give you peace of mind as you ride around town or across country. Whether you’re in a high theft area or not, an expensive ride often proves too tempting for criminally minded people looking to make a quick buck.
With the device in place on your bike, you can rest assured that even if your Harley does disappear from your driveway or from a parking lot, you can locate it immediately, giving police the information they need to make a quick recovery.
Article Written by Greg Bartlett