PALMDALE – Do you own a Harley Davidson motorcycle with saddlebags? If so, you should take all precautions necessary to ensure the safety of your motorcycle and equipment, sheriff’s officials said.
Over the past month alone, crooks have stolen Harley Davidson saddlebags off parked motorcycles in three separate incidents, according to a Palmdale Station press report.
The crimes happened on July 8, August 1 and August 8. In all three incidents, the motorcycles were parked at local businesses.
In each case, the thief was able to remove the bags and other motorcycle accessories while the owners were either working or exercising, according to Palmdale Station Lieutenant Cory Kennedy.
“It appears obvious, the suspects are familiar with the motorcycles, because they are able to remove the bolted on equipment quickly, and without being noticed,” Kennedy said.
Palmdale Station is urging motorcycle owners to safeguard their motorcycle accessories by following these safety tips:
- Always remove the key from your ignition and keep your front fork locked.
- Garage your bike out of plain view whenever possible.
- If you have to park outdoors, do so in well-lit secure areas. Look for an outdoor security camera and park in its view if you can.
- Lock your bike to a stationary object, or to another motorcycle when traveling with others. Use high quality locking devices.
- Consider adding an audible alarm and/or tracking device.
- When parking in public, check your bike frequently.
- Always carry your registration and insurance with you when you ride, but keep your title at home or in another secure place.
- Substitute standard mounting hardware for accessories with security bolts or less common mounting systems.
Residents are encouraged to report suspicious sales of motorcycle accessories at extremely discounted prices or from questionable origins. To provide information about the thefts or possible stolen accessories, contact Lieutenant Kennedy at 661-272-2506. If you would like to provide information anonymously, you may do so by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477) or visiting http://lacrimestoppers.org.