Published on October 18th, 2013 | by Quad Safari0
Keep your Quad Bike secure this Autumn
How confident are you about your quad bike’s security? Vehicle tracking company Tracker, a leader in the field of stolen vehicle recovery, is warning that Autumn is when most bikes tend to be stolen.
Last year, Farmers Guardian reported that police estimates showed quad bikes accounted for a massive 25% of all stolen farm machinery in 2012, with many more thefts likely going unreported because the owners don’t have the serial numbers.
The nights are getting darker and the weather worse, which means less people on the streets in the evenings, providing ideal opportunities for thieves. Quad bikes are easily stolen, especially by professional thieves. So it makes good sense to take a range of adequate security measures.
1. Get your bike insured. It’s impossible to cut out risk entirely, so give yourself peace of mind and get covered.
2. When not in use, keep your quad in a locked garage. If you don’t have access to a garage, next best thing is a back garden. If you have to keep it on the road or in the drive, cover it with a tarpaulin.
3. Get a tracking device fitted, often requiring an annual subscription. The initial outlay can be quite steep, but worth it if your bike ever goes missing. Plus it will help with insurance costs.
4. Park in well-lit places, and check on the bike regularly. If you’re with friends, lock your vehicles together. If alone, try securing it to an immovable object such as a lamp-post.
5. Invest in high-quality security hardware such as immobilizers, ground anchors and padlocks.
6. At home, don’t leave your keys on display, put them in a locked cabinet.
7. Give your bike a unique mark and photograph it, that will help with identification if stolen.
8. Write your vehicle’s registration number somewhere visible on the bike.
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