Prevention

Watch this video and see how it takes only minutes for thieves to steal an expensive car equipped with the best security money can buy and ask yourself what would have stopped them.

The fact is that had this BMW owner had one of our California Immobilizer anti theft wheel boots or locks on his car this video would never have been made!

 

When people imagine what the most stolen motorcycles in California are, Harley Davidson bikes are what probably come to mind. Everyone pictures biker gangs stripping down hot motorcycles in some hidden chop shop, but the actual statistics show something different.

Honda motorcycles consistently top the list when it comes to the most stolen motorcycles in California. According to Forbes, the latest stats are as follows:

The top five most stolen motorcycles in California, which together amounted for 75.6 percent of all bike thefts during 2011 were:

  1. Honda (11,014)
  2. Yamaha (8,880)
  3. Suzuki (7,281)
  4. Kawasaki (5,009)
  5. Harley-Davidson (3,120)

There doesn’t seem to be any current information on which exact model of motorcycle is the most stolen in California but the stats were compiled for a series of US States. Unsurprisingly, warm weather states where riders use their bikes year round were the locations where most of the thefts took place.

  1. California (5,927)
  2. Texas (3,950)
  3. Florida (3,927)
  4. North Carolina (2,466)
  5. Indiana (2,114)

California certainly takes the lion’s share of motorcycle theft statistics in all of North America. And with motorcycle thieves being most active in the summer months, everyone who owns a motorcycle in California should carefully consider how they can avoid having their bike become a victim of the most stolen motorcycles in California or any other place.

Motorcycle theft prevention is different from car theft in that motorcycles can actually be stolen easily without even needing to be started. But there is one huge common denominator when asking the question of how to prevent car or motorcycle theft: Motorcycle wheel locks, especially when combined with an anchor and tie down is simply the most effective way to prevent your ride from becoming another one of the most stolen motorcycles in California.

Most states mandate minimum liability coverage for bikes while leaving theft insurance as an option. Don’t be under any illusions about your insurance coverage – most standard motorcycle theft insurance does NOT cover replacement of accessories that have been added on after the bike was purchased. That means that the most stolen motorcycles in California are replaced by insurance companies without all the expensive accessories that riders like to install.

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That 18-wheel tractor trailer rolling along next to you on the highway might be stolen.

Commercial tractor trailer theft is one of the fastest growing types of vehicle theft in North America, according to the American National Insurance Crime Bureau. But if you own a tractor trailer, or an entire fleet of them, we offer an affordable, potent and durable solution to tractor trailer theft.

tractor trailer wheel boots locks 300x226Tractor trailer theft is such a lucrative prospect that organized gangs are sprouting up across the US and Canada with the sole purpose of stealing unattended tractor trailers, driving them to a warehouse and emptying them of the goods stored inside. Most of the time these are crimes of opportunity – a tractor trailer temporarily unhitched and left unattended for whatever reason is a prime target for opportunistic thieves.

At California Immobilizer we manufacture a rock solid solution to tractor trailer theft. Our California Immobilizer tractor trailer wheel locks which are made entirely of steel. They provide a high visibility, powerfully effective deterrent that stops opportunistic tractor trailer thieves in their tracks. Lacking an 18V grinder or a plasma torch (and 20 minutes of grinding or cutting) there isn’t a chance that a tractor trailer can be easily towed away and stolen if one of our wheel locks is clamped on your tractor trailer!

Our tractor trailer wheel locks are easy to transport, quick to install and virtually impossible to remove without the proper key. We can key our wheel locks alike if you have a fleet that you want to protect from tractor trailer theft. Equip your drivers with a powerful weapon in the fight against trailer theft – the California Immobilizer. According to recent tractor trailer theft reports, tractor trailer thieves are even targeting entire warehouses to make off with numerous tractor trailers at once. California Immobilizer offers affordable protection for one trailer or for your entire fleet.

With six (or even seven) figure insurance deductibles commonplace on tractor trailer loads of goods, our tractor trailer wheel locks are an inexpensive yet powerful form of tractor trailer theft protection. Unlike alarms or GPS units our immobilizers prevent your tractor trailer from being stolen in the first place!

The harsh fact about motorcycle theft prevention is that your bike is far easier for thieves to steal than a car or truck.

Your motorcycle probably doesn’t even have an electronic chip in the key. What’s to prevent a thief from jamming a short screwdriver into the ignition, starting it up and riding away? Nothing!

The small brass pin that serves as a handle bar lock? Front yoke locks on motorcycles can normally be popped with just a little bit of force on the bars and the bike can be rolled away – virtually the same as having no motorcycle theft prevention device installed whatsoever.

And those are just examples of thefts of opportunity – a lazy thief who prefers to ride home that night instead of walk, and knows they can flip your bike for a few hundred bucks to the metal recyclers the following week.

The Ugly Truth about Motorcycle Theft Prevention

It’s ridiculously easy to steal most motorcycles just by using a screwdriver as mentioned above. Most motorcycle thefts are crimes of opportunity, so reducing the ‘ease’ of stealing YOUR bike is the best form of motorcycle theft prevention. A motorcycle wheel lock prevents someone from just pushing your bike down the street after using muscle power to defeat your handlebar lock, or from pushing your bike up a ramp into the back of a van or pickup truck.

mini grip motorcycleHere’s how most high end motorcycles – like Harley Davidson, Triumph and BMW – are stolen. Four guys throw a mattress in the back of a (probably stolen) pickup truck. They head out once it’s dark prowling side streets for valuable motorcycles. When they find one they stop, pick up the motorcycle and toss it in the back of the pickup truck on top of the mattress, close the tailgate and drive off. There’s only one way to prevent that sort of theft – a physical lock that secures your bike to the ground or a solid object.

Motorcycle thieves know that they don’t even need to find a buyer for the motorcycle they have just stolen. Motorcycle engines are in big demand by go-cart makers and other home built hobbyists and can be quickly and easily sold on Craigslist. The frame is then chopped up and sold for metal scrap, and the other parts are flipped on eBay or sold to buyers on online motorcycle parts forums. To top it all off, most motorcycle insurance doesn’t cover the the cost of non-standard parts like aftermarket audio systems, fairings, luggage racks and the like, which can be substantial.

Thinking about getting an alarm? They are even easier to disable on a motorcycle than they are on a car. It only takes a few seconds if someone knows what they are doing.

When it’s that easy for a thief to rake in some cash by stealing your bike maybe you should give motorcycle theft prevention some serious thought and invest in a anti-theft device that works!

So what DO you do about motorcycle theft prevention?

You get a physical motorcycle immobilizing device like California Immobilizer motorcycle wheel locks!

While motorcycle thieves are typically most active in the summer months for obvious reasons, don’t think that keeping your bike in the garage over the winter is a guarantee against motorcycle theft. The latest 2011 statistics show that thousands of motorcycles are stolen over the winter months from ‘secure’ facilities. Our motorcycle wheel locks have an optional ground anchor that can be used to secure your motorcycle lock to the floor. When it comes to motorcycle theft prevention there is nothing that beats a physical wheel immobilizer that can also be attached to the ground or other solid surface.

Our California Immobilizer motorcycle wheel locks can be used on any motorcycle – you’ll definitely hang on to it when you sell or trade in your bike. They are made of high tensile steel and are easily carried in a saddlebag or storage compartment. Buy one of our California Immobilizer locks today – world class motorcycle theft prevention that’s both powerful and affordable.

Live in California? Check out our article on the Most Stolen Motorcycles In California.

car wheel locks No matter what anyone tells you about how to prevent car theft, there is no magic lock or device that will perfectly prevent a professional gang of car thieves from stealing your car 100% of the time.

Fortunately the average car thief is no professional – he’s an opportunistic, lazy criminal looking for a quick, easy and risk-free ticket to a stolen ride.

The simple truth is that in order to prevent your car from being stolen you only need to make it harder and more risky to steal than the next car down the block.

There are four zones or ‘layers’ of anti theft protection when considering how to prevent car theft that will help you think about what sort of anti-theft device to use on your car.

How To Prevent Car Theft – First, Use Common Sense!

Just a little bit of forethought and common sense will prevent car theft by the most unskilled and opportunistic thieves. If you want to know how to prevent car theft start with removing your keys from the ignition, even if you are just stopping for a short period of time. Spend a little time watching shows like ‘Bait Car‘ and you’ll see time and time again how preventing car theft is a matter of removing the opportunity. Leaving your keys dangling from the ignition is chumming the water for thieving sharks. Lock your doors. Close your car windows. Park in a well lit area, or under a street lamp whenever possible. Park in line of sight of residential windows. But common sense only goes so far…

Use A Warning Device as a Second Layer Deterrent

If you’ve parked your car in a well lit area in line of sight with windows or doors where there are people living or working, an audible alarm can have it’s uses. But the harsh truth is that nobody pays attention to audible car alarms anymore! When was the last time you heard a car alarm and made the effort to find out where the noise was coming from? If you are wondering how to prevent car theft and are thinking that ‘getting an alarm’ will do it, think again. Yes, a car alarm has it’s place. It can’t hurt. But a car alarm offers no physical deterrent when considering how to prevent car theft. Same with window etching, micro dot marking, theft deterrent decals or other visual car theft deterrents.

Physical Immobilizer Devices – Now We’re Talking How To Prevent Car Theft!

A physical car immobilizing device is the number one way to prevent a car thief from bypassing your ignition and hot-wiring your vehicle, or just from jamming a screwdriver into your ignition system, starting your car and driving away. Many of the most popular cars stolen by thieves (like mid 90’s Hondas) are stolen this way.

One form of physical immobilizer device is a computer chip in the ignition key. This will prevent the screwdriver method from working. Many newer vehicles also incorporate shift locks and steering wheel locks that function in response to the chip in the key. But even this type of immobilizer device doesn’t go far enough.

The biggest challenge of how to prevent car theft is well known by many luxury car owners: Professionals who use sophisticated gear—including electronics that can intercept or replicate key codes, and flatbed trucks to pluck cars off a street or lot. Professional car thieves who target luxury cars often intend to export the vehicles, after changing the vehicle identification numbers and swapping out onboard computers. One of the simplest ways to steal a car this way is to use brute force on the steering wheel and the shift lock and just push the vehicle or tow it to a safe place for the thieves to process it.

Only a physical immobilizer that prevents the car from actually being moved, such as one of our car wheel boots or car wheel locks can physically prevent car theft. Not only are our wheel immobilizers easy to carry in your car, install and remove but they are also a powerful visual deterrent to car thieves and a real, physical car theft deterrent!

Sure, car thieves who REALLY wanted to steal your California Immobilizer equipped car could come prepared with a plasma cutting torch to cut through the high-tensile steel of your car wheel lock, or use a car scissor jack to brute force the immobilizer lock. We’re not going to tell you that ANY lock is 100% foolproof.

But we do know that when it comes to how to prevent car theft our immobilizer devices WORK in the REAL WORLD to prevent your car from being stolen.

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