U-locks and chains are still very useful when it comes to protecting your scooter from theft. (Rawpixel image)
In France, motorcycles, scooters and mopeds are stolen at a rate of 1 every 10 minutes, especially in urban areas where motorcycle theft is becoming increasingly common.
To avoid the unpleasant surprise of wiping away your two-wheeled pride and the joy of turning your back, drivers need to be extra careful and follow certain rules to minimize the risk.
Here are some tips to help keep your motorcycle or scooter well protected.
Don’t park anywhere
It may seem obvious, but when parking in public areas, choose a place where many people can see your machine.
In a word, avoid poorly trafficked back streets and unattended parking lots.
If you have lunch at a sidewalk cafe, put your bike somewhere where you can keep an eye on it even when you are not around.
Same goes for parking outside your office, where you may be able to position your machine so that you can see it from a window.
At the same time, you could consider changing your parking habits so as not to give thieves the idea that your bike is always at hand.
Always use a lock or locks
Whether you park for a few minutes or a full day, your bike should always be secured to a bike crate frame or other immovable object with a mechanical security lock.
When positioning the lock, be careful not to let it hit the ground, and attach it to a part of the bike that won’t easily disassemble, such as the frame or an anchor point on the fork.
Two security locks can make your machine an even more daunting prospect for thieves who will spend twice as much time trying to steal it.
A GPS could prove to be invaluable
If your bike is stolen, a GPS tracker can prove to be a boon. You need to take out a subscription to these tiny devices that must be discreetly hidden somewhere on your computer.
However, once you have one installed, you can easily find your bike using a computer or smartphone to access the service provider’s dedicated website.