Securing Motorcycles From Thieves

It happens every summer...an increase in stolen motorcycles.

Marvin Goldberg remembers when it happened to him like it was yesterday.

Now the owner of Nebraska Motorcycle Parts, he lost a limited edition Honda motorcycle to thieves decades ago.

"I parked it behind the Honda shop," he said. "I took the key out of it and drove home. The front forks were locked but when I came back the next morning, it was gone."

Omaha Police say there's always an increase in stolen motorcycles this time of year.

Surveillance video shows what happened to one stolen motorcycle last week. Thirty-five-year old Kyle Wessling ran into a metal barrier and the bike exploded in flames.

Gloria Gard with Breeze Cycle said many thieves are targeting European bikes.

"Sending them out of the country, where they can get more money for them and the regulation and the paperwork is less stringent in some of these other countries," she said. "So they come over here, steal them, ship them out and resell them for quite a profit."

Goldberg has another theory.

"I think they're being chopped up and sold on Ebay," he said. "Being sold as used parts out of Craig's List."

So what's the best way to keep motorcycles safe?

Park in well lit areas, use locks or chains that immobilize wheel movement maybe consider buying an alarm with GPS tracking, don't leave the keys in the bike when it's in the garage.

Goldberg said above all, always lock it up and don't make the same mistake twice.

"I've been very sure what I'm riding is where I can see it when I park it and when its parked its locked," he said.


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