Motorcycle Theft


Fairfax County Police Department
Franconia District Station

6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
703-922-0889. TTY 711. Fax 703-719-6436
Date Released 05/01/2013
Contact: MPO Jim Reid / 703-922-8263
Information Bulletin: Motorcycle Theft

Prevent Motorcycle Theft


With the changing of the seasons, comes the usual change in crime trends in our area.  One such crime that tends to rise with the nicer weather  is the theft of motorcycles. The Franconia District has already experienced several thefts in recent weeks. 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.


Always 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






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