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Wake up this morning to go watch a documentary about sushi. Jiro dreams of Sushi. I just went so I could watch something in Japanese. I got to tell you it was poor translating. Anyways drive past my covered parking place where I lock my bike up and the cover is missing. Someone tried to steal my bike last night. They totally ripped the cover off the bike cause the elastic hooks were dangling on the bike still and the ratcheting tie down is completely off. Luckly I have the biggest chain you can get from Home Depot on it with a huge lock. They saw that and gave up. I go get another bike cover and now a cable. So there is a cable and chain on it. I tell my apartment complex and ask to move my covered parking space closer and not on the other side of the complex where its dark and thieves lurk. I talk to them and they say we will ask our security company to make more patrols. I call the police and they were like yeah fill out the online form. They didn't give a crap and no wonder crime is soo rampant here. When I lived in Japan the police station that was in charge of my area came to my house on foot. He introduced himself and asked my information so he could build a data base to better respond in case of a emergency. He did this to every house and apartment in the area. good morning to you too.
 

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Too bad about the cover, but good thing you had it chained up! Saved you the trouble of tons of paperwork, and more than likely, spending the time getting another motorcycle.
 

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Sorry to hear that. I hate thieves with a passion! Glad to hear it was only your cover.
 

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I can sympathize--



When our store was robbed (about 3K worth of merchandise), the officers who showed up couldn't have cared less. We found the people who stole the stuff when they tried to sell it on ebay, and used an identifiable email address; the cops ignored the information we gave them. Only one officer treated us decently, and he was later forced into early retirement. After a few more thefts, we got rid of the store.
 

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Quality of law enforcement varies. But just to play devil's advocate, they don't exactly launch full scale APB's with helicopters and S.W.A.T. teams for a vandalized bike cover, which is essentially the only punishable crime which was committed here.



You dodged the bullet by taking area-appropriate proactive measures with the chains and locks.



Commend yourself rather than condemning the cops for prioritizing the crime with the same area-appropriateness.



Just sayin'.
 

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Is there a good way to keep your bike secure in a public area, other than chaining it to something? I only have street parking, but live in a pretty dense place. I keep the handlebars locked, at all times.
 

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Is there a good way to keep your bike secure in a public area, other than chaining it to something? I only have street parking, but live in a pretty dense place. I keep the handlebars locked, at all times.
Better get a cable or chain and at least run it through the back tire and frame. Handlebar lock can easily be broken. The police here are pathetic. No excuses. Yes it was just a cover,but the other crimes they are too lazy to do anything about is inexcusable. So the poor vigilance results in more crime.
 

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The best way to deter thieves is to make your stuff more difficult to steal than someone else's. You could also see some success making stealing your stuff more likely to get a thief caught. Note that a professional will get whatever he or she wants every time. It is the dopeheads and joyriders you can discourage.



Lock the forks, turn off the gas, and turn the kill switch off. Many motorcycles are recovered 2 blocks from the site of the theft because the thief paniced when the engine quit. A second kill switch, hidden away out of sight, will go a long way to preventing joyriders.



Chain the frame of your bike to something solid. Park close and use a chain or cable barely long enough to secure the bike. If the cahin or cable sags to the ground it is much easier to cut with bolt cutters.



Lock the wheels to the frame, using separate short chains or cables and separate locks, preferably of different brands. Put a padlock through a hole in the wheel sprocket. Many amatuers know how to defeat one brand, but are stymied by another. The prospect of three or more locks and chains is more than most druggies can think about and they go elsewhere.



For the ultimate anti-theft enjoyment, install a silent paging alarm. Such alarms do not set of a horn or siren. Instead, they make a key fob in your pocket beep. It is so much fun actually catching the perp and subjecting him or her to psychological abuse. One of my favorites is to casually stroll by and at the last second *accidently* spill a can of paint on the perp. Another favorite is to sneak up on the perp and rack a 12-gauge pump. No need of shooting anyone.
I've had great fun over the years lighting a short string of firecrackers, turning left and yelling, "Yo, Marco, someone's messing with your bike!" Then turn to the right and yell. "Shoot him!" BANG BANG BANG BANG
I've also loaded my throwdown with blanks, confronted a perp face to face, and "shot" him. Great youtube stuff. The looks on perps' faces are priceless.
 

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pulling a gun on someone is a great way to get dead!



best to be using real bullets if you are gonna go that far
 

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Glad you still have your bike. Go out and enjoy it and buy a few more locks/chains. As far as confronting a thief, that can be very dangerous and really don't think its worth getting shot or killed over a motorcycle.
 

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pulling a gun on someone is a great way to get dead!



best to be using real bullets if you are gonna go that far
Uh, lessee, 12-gauge, even a slug barrel loaded with mild field loads will put a 1-inch hole through someone at ranges under 10 feet. No cause to be skeered. Did you miss the part about my throwdown being loaded with blanks. You do understand the concept of a throwdown, don't you? Don't bet your bippy there wouldn't be something a little lot more lethal backing up the fun. Note that my techniques are all non-physical, get the perp's attention in a manner that discourages any horseplay, and prevent the theft of my property, while providing me the advantages of a bargaining position from the non-lethal end of a weapon.



As far as confronting a thief, that can be very dangerous and really don't think its worth getting shot or killed over a motorcycle.


When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. Americans have a constitutional right to protect their property by any means necessary. If you are too fearful to do so, call the police, so we can all ask, "How did that work for you?" while your bike is the next "no title parts bike" on craigslist. Now, I'm not down on law enforcement in any way, but expecting officers to actually catch a perp in the act is simply irrational, barring the one in a hundred chance an officer is immediately available and close enough to arrive on the scene before the perp is gone. Believe me, a knowledgable and determined thief will defeat your security, have your bike in the back of a van, and be gone, before the dispatcher can relay your theft report to that officer. The officers aren't there. You are. Man up or whimper, the choice is yours. Oh, take video for the courts. It's a CYA thing.



I think motorcycle thieves deserve a good killing, but that's just my opinion. Would I shoot someone who ignored me and continued trying to steal my bike after being confronted? Absolutely. Right in the face. Twice. Fortunately, I've never met anyone that determined to die. Not even a crackhead. Would I shoot someone who took off running? No way. A show of force has had its intended effect.
 

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This (BS) message brought to you by Harry Calahan.
Gently stroke yourself, Hairy Palms, play the "victim" role, watch the perp ride away on your bike while you wait for "help" to arrive to do what a person should do for him or her self.
 

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LOL, okay maybe tazer the thief and then put the boot to him......
 
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