Bike Buyers Tip: Bike crime will be on the rise during Easter
Bike Buyers is in the business of purchasing motorcycles which find themselves on the showroom floor of the famous Fire It Up dealership in Fourways, and the number of motorcycles on the Fire It Up floor suggests they are damn good at what they do. Collectively, they have many decades of bike buying experience and will be sharing their knowledge with The Bike Show Website every Monday offering tips, advice, guidance and warnings regarding your bike buying or selling experience. For this week’s tip, we look into how bike crime will be on the rise over the Easter period, what to look for and how to avoid it.
Easter is upon us, and this is good news for good people because it means less time working, more time with good people and, hopefully, more time on our bikes. It’s a good time for not so good people too, especially the evilest people on the planet – motorcycle thieves.
We have already discussed various motorcycle crime types, the most common these days being scammers mocking up false adverts online claiming to be from a dealer, especially one that is closed over the period, and then accepting deposits as “a favour” while they claim to be on a beach somewhere. Read the full story about that here.
There are loved ones that steal your papers when you’d least expect them to and sell and your bike without you knowing, and then there is the worst kind that comes to your house under the innocent pretention of wanting to view your bike for sale, and then holding you up at gunpoint.
The next kind simply steals your bike when it’s in a public place. You park in a parking lot right near the crowds, you put the steering lock on, maybe even fit a disc lock and you walk inside feeling confident that all is well. The thieves arrive in a van, and within a matter of seconds, your bike is gone.
There ways around this – in Europe, all bikes are chained up. A thief that is competent with a bolt-cutter will make little work of it, but they might prefer to target a bike that isn’t chained up, meaning your baby stays safe.
The other method is to install a tracking device. Not long ago, these were out of the question because all tracking devices were designed for cars, and while they tracked just as well on a bike, they tended to drain the bike’s smaller battery very quickly. Nowadays, there are trackers designed specifically for motorcycles, that do not use as much battery power, that can be bought once without a monthly fee, that gives an SMS warning as soon as your bike is dropped, bumped or moving with the ignition off, can be tracked live using an app and will also send emergency messages when you’re in an accident.
These devices are hidden in a place where thieves don’t know to look, and having the police arrive at their hide-out must be the most rewarding thing ever.
Bike Buyers and Fire It Up offer Fire It Up Live Track for the once off fee of R1900, and it does all of the above plus can be used to plot routes with friends or even find lost friends that have separated from the group.