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    How to prevent petty theft

    A friend parked his bike in a city, during a festival. He returned to find his turn signals and fog lights stolen.

    How can I protect my bike? Or at the very least deter the thief with a more difficult removal of these parts?

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    Stay home.

    Make sure the insurance is paid up.
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    A bike cover can be helpful with this kind of thing.
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    Uh....tell him to use common sense. Not trying to be curt, but there isn't always a "fix" for everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpl77 View Post
    A friend parked his bike in a city, during a festival. He returned to find his turn signals and fog lights stolen.

    How can I protect my bike? Or at the very least deter the thief with a more difficult removal of these parts?

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    An alarm is always a good deterrent, they have many types and not always too costly.
    He can also double up the nuts, that is by tightening an extra nut on the fastening nut with lots of torque locking both together making it tougher to remove.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    A bike cover can be helpful with this kind of thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwl1955 View Post
    *******
    Ditto.
    Ya know I thought about the cover... But if your bike is the only one out of 30 bikes covered... Guaranteed its going to get more attention

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    Quote Originally Posted by garesnare View Post
    An alarm is always a good deterrent, they have many types and not always too costly.
    He can also double up the nuts, that is by tightening an extra nut on the fastening nut with lots of torque locking both together making it tougher to remove.


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    The standard bmw alarms need a lot of movement to activate them... Not sure using a socket wrench is enough vibration to set off the sensors

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    Take bike apart.
    Reassemble using JBWELD.
    Pray nothing ever breaks.
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    Acquire a dog, a proper German guard dog like a Sheperd or Doberman--not one of those pit bulls that are the breed of choice for drug runners and the like. Chain the dog to the bike after putting a bike cover on the bike. The bike cover will help keep the splatter off your paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    Acquire a dog, a proper German guard dog like a Sheperd or Doberman--
    A small yappy dog is better because those little ones make a lot of racket, plus they fit in a tank bag
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    The bike happened to be a convenient "target of opportunity". Leaving easily "messed with" items is usually not a good idea.....kinda like leaving a radar dectector in view. Best to keep an eye on it.
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    As someone who has paid for the BMW auxiliary lights on my R1200GS, I would say that this was not "petty" theft.

    Was it outright vandalism? What kind of value would one get out of a pair of turn signals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    The bike happened to be a convenient "target of opportunity". Leaving easily "messed with" items is usually not a good idea.....kinda like leaving a radar dectector in view. Best to keep an eye on it.
    Remember when the Mercedes emblem showed up in a movie.
    It's a new world.
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    This wasn't a case of loose stuff - it is stuff bolted in place. This is the result of parking for a somewhat long period of time (concert vs getting gas) in a less than safe location. It is like seeing a car jacked with all 4 wheels missing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    A small yappy dog is better because those little ones make a lot of racket, plus they fit in a tank bag
    Geese are the best. Back when the Army had nuc's in Europe I was in charge of the security of the warheads when they were moved in a sector of West Germany. The storage sites used geese between the security fences. The geese were easy to care for, always alert and raised a hell of a racket if anyone approached the facility; and they could not be hacked.

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