Fairfax County Police Department
Franconia District Station
6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
703-922-0889. TTY 711. Fax 703-719-6436
Date Released 05/16/12
Contact: Brooke Wright / 703-922-0889
Information Bulletin: Motorcycle Theft
Prevent Motorcycle Theft
the changing of the seasons, comes the usual change in crime trends
in our area. One such crime that tends to rise in the summer
is the theft of motorcycles. Auto Theft Detectives from
Fairfax County’s Criminal Investigation Bureau recently met with
Franconia officers to review some helpful strategies for catching
the thieves in action. They also shared some helpful tips to
pass along to you to prevent your motorcycle from being
stolen. Please review the tips below and share them with your
fellow bike owners!
Lock your ignition and remove the key. Most bike thefts
occur when the ignition is shut off, but not locked.
Don’t lock your motorcycle in the same location all the time.
Uniquely mark and then photograph your bike. If stolen,
note unique markings to law enforcement.
Add an audible alarm to your motorcycle.
Add a GPS recovery system.
Park in view of an outdoor security camera. If there isn’t
one, choose an area with good lighting.
If parking in a garage, block your bike with cars and make sure
the garage door is locked.
Do not advertise your bike on social media websites.
Use more than one type of lock, and anchor your motorcycle to
something solid and immovable.
Wire a kill-switch or spring-loaded switch that must be held down
when start button is depressed.
Use a cover for a less popular brand of bike to discourage
thieves from inspecting yours.
Make sure you’re not followed home. Professional thieves
will scout out where to come back later and get the motorcycle
they are looking for.
call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 if you see
suspicious people or activity taking place. You are not
required to give your name or speak with a responding
officer. If possible, please make note of types of vehicles
and their license plate numbers.
To request this information in an alternate format, call the
Franconia District Station at 703.922.0889. TTY 711