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California Highway Patrol - Southern Division
Thursday April 21st, 2016 :: 02:26 p.m. PDT


I Didn't Know my Motorcycle Could, "Pop-a-Wheelie?"

Is that Evil Knievel on my bike?

What makes motorcycles so desirable for thieves? Well, compared to cars, motorcycles don’t have anti-theft technology which makes it easier for them to be stolen. It should be no surprise that motorcycles that are powerful with street-racing capabilities along with expensive aftermarket parts set themselves apart as the target choice of thieves.

It’s no secret California once again leads the pack in motorcycle thefts. In 2015, over 8,000 motorcycles were stolen in California. Motorcycle thefts increased a whopping 12% from 2014. Remember, only 30% of stolen motorcycles are actually recovered and returned to their owners. Many are pieced out and sold part by part while others are destined for a dark shipping container and sent to another part of the world.

California also has the most registered motorcycles because our state’s weather is second none. That’s why most motorcycle thefts occur during the summer months of July, August and September.
If your motorcycle is a Honda, Suzuki or Yamaha then you should consider yourself a target for theft. Those brands historically are always in the top 3 in motorcycle thefts.

The California Highway Patrol wants to give you some helpful tips on how you can protect your motorcycle. Remember, there’s no such thing as an unwanted motorcycle, even the ugliest motorcycle on the road can be a target!

• Lock your ignition
• Lock your motorcycle to a stationary, immovable object
• Lock the forks and disc brakes
• When possible, park your motorcycle in a secure garage
• Install a motorcycle alarm
• Install a hidden “kill” switch

If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance where your motorcycle has been stolen, follow these steps when you contact your local police department:

• Have your license plate number ready to give
• The make, model and color of the motorcycle
• The VIN number and any other identifying characteristics
• The last known location of the motorcycle

We recommend that you take a picture of your motorcycle, license plate, registration and insurance with your cellular phone. It’s a good way to access the information quickly in case of an emergency.

The CHP wants to remind you, don’t let your motorcycle ride off into the sunset without you. We encourage you to take the steps necessary to protect your investment.

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California Highway Patrol - Southern Division
411 N Central Ave
Glendale, CA 91203

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 818-240-8200

Officer Travis Iseri
Southern Division

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