LoJack For Motorcycles not only helps police track down and recover stolen bikes equipped with the system, but it often helps law enforcement discover chop shops and theft rings that typically involve other stolen bikes, bike parts and accessories. In 2006 alone, the LoJack System helped police uncover a full 76 motorcycle theft rings across the country. This year, LoJack is seeing that trend continue, with organized crime rings fueling the growing incidence of motorcycle theft.
Why is motorcycle theft such an attractive “business” opportunity for professional thieves? The answer is a simple matter of “supply and demand.” Bike riding is at an all time high in terms of popularity, creating a strong black market for stolen bikes and bike parts. Thieves often eliminate parts with identification numbers on them so they can’t be traced back to the original owner. Many thieves are actually stealing bikes and selling stolen parts online – often to unsuspecting customers. Or, they use “choice” parts to build pricey custom bikes. Some bikes are stolen and resold whole with altered identification numbers. The bad news is that these bad guys often excel at their craft – they know just which bikes and bike parts are in demand and how to get them.
Protect Your Ride with LoJack For Motorcycles
You can protect your motorcycle from today’s clever thieves, as the recovery stories in this article demonstrates. LoJack For Motorcycles offers bike owners a highly effective radio frequency-based recovery system that is used by law enforcement agencies in 25 states throughout the U.S. to track down and recover stolen motorcycles. The System is highly effective because it leverages proven Radio Frequency (RF) technology, which is effective even if the bike is hidden in dense foliage, in a steel container or a garage; and is directly integrated into law enforcement agencies – LoJack’s Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) are installed in police vehicles, helicopters and fixed-winged aircraft and used to track down and recover stolen bikes.
How the System Works
LoJack For Motorcycles includes a small wireless radio-frequency transceiver that is hidden in one of several locations on the motorcycle. Once the motorcycle is reported stolen to the police, state law enforcement computers match the vehicle identification number to the LoJack database. After the match, the LoJack system is automatically activated, emitting silent radio signals from the small radio transceiver. Law enforcement vehicles (patrol cars, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft) equipped with LoJack tracking computers follow these signals, which lead to the stolen bike. LoJack has on staff more than 30 law enforcement liaisons (former police officers with an expertise in vehicle theft), who provide training on the LoJack system to law enforcement officers and support them in the fight against auto and bike theft.
Real World Examples of Bike Thefts...and Recoveries:
Stolen Bikes Lead Florida Police to Chop Shop
On March 15, 2007, the owner of a 2007 Black Suzuki GSX R600 noticed his bike was stolen from his apartment complex parking lot. Not long after, the owner of a Honda CBR600RR motorcycle returned home and discovered that his motorcycle was also missing from his apartment complex parking lot. Fortunately for these bike owners, they had equipped their motorcycles with LoJack For Motorcycles. The owners immediately contacted Daytona Beach Police Department, filed a stolen vehicle report and police activated the system. Later that morning a police officer picked up the silent signal emitted from the transponders hidden on the stolen motorcycles. Within minutes, the officers discovered the signals were emanating from a residence in Port St. Lucie. Upon securing a search warrant, detectives entered the house and discovered one of the motorcycles was being disassembled for parts and found the other stolen bike in a trailer. Through further searching of this chop shop, police discovered five other stolen bikes and an ATV.
Stolen Kawasaki Leads Police in San Diego to Motorcycle Chop Shop
On March 7, 2007 the owner of a 2005 Kawasaki ZX1000 returned home to discover that his motorcycle had been stolen right off of the porch of his house. He immediately reported the theft to police, who then activated the LoJack For Motorcycles system. Only 30 minutes later, a California Highway Patrol officer picked up the silent code emanating from the transponder that was hidden on the bike. Just a short time later, the patrolman -- along with a deputy from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department -- not only found and recovered the bike, but also discovered two additional stolen motorcycles that were not equipped with LoJack. Both were 2005 Suzukis that had been stolen on the same day from two separate locations in San Diego. All three bikes were returned to their original owners
Get the Facts on Motorcycle Theft
For more information on how to keep your bike safe from theft, visit LoJack’s Knowledge Center for Vehicle Security at www.lojack.com There, you can download a copy of “Bike Smarts” and get the low down on motorcycle theft prevention.
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