Austin police offers motorcycle theft prevention tips for 2016 Moto GP

From Austin Police Department:

For immediate release
April 7, 2016
Contact: Public Information Office, (512) 974-5017

APD’s Auto Theft Interdiction Program would like to remind everyone that thousands of motorcyclists will be in Austin attending the Moto GP race at the Circuit of the Americas beginning Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10, 2016. During the event, criminals look for opportunities to steal motorcycles. Don’t assume your motorcycle is safe. Criminals steal motorcycles to make a quick profit. Criminals ride away on easy targets or lift them into trucks or vans if they’re not secured to a stationary object. Stolen motorcycles are then stripped of easy to sell parts or sold whole to an unsuspecting buyer.

These crimes are preventable if you take a few extra moments to reduce your risk of being a victim. Take these precautions to make your motorcycle less of a target:

  • Lock your motorcycle to a fixed, or anchored object, or another motorcycle
  • Lock your ignition and remove the key, many thefts occur when the ignition is off but left unlocked
  • If you see an outdoor security camera, park your motorcycle within the camera’s view
  • Do not store the title, registration, or insurance information in your motorcycle
  • Choose a well-lit, secure area to park and check on your motorcycle often
  • Add an audible alarm or GPS tracking device
  • Lock the forks and disc brakes

APD would also like to remind drivers to be patient and use extra precautions when driving. Make sure not to drive distracted, watch out for pedestrians and obey traffic laws.

For more information, please contact APD’s Auto Theft Interdiction Program at (512) 974-5265. Stay informed with APD’s new app, Austin PD. Download it today for Android and IOS.

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