As of June 1, 21 motorcycles have been stolen countywide this year, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.
Lott said the department receives an increased number of stolen motorcycle reports during this time of year as owners leave their motorcycles unsecured in places like parking lots of shopping centers and apartment complexes - where 11 have been stolen from - and other places with poorly lit areas.
In order to avoid becoming a victim, Lott said to follow these tips to make sure your motorcycle remains secured:
• Place alarms on motorcycles.
• Put a good lock and chain, even a brake disc lock on your motorcycle.
• Ask your insurance company to approve an immobiliser, an electronic security device that prevents your engine from running.
• Install a GPS tracking system and a paging alarm that alerts you by SMS when your bike is tampered with.
• Mark parts of your motorcycle with your vehicle identification number and vehicle registration. As few bikes find their way back to the victims as the origin cannot be traced. By marking your parts, it will make it more difficult to sell the parts.
• During the day, park your motorcycle in a place where it can be seen by passers-by or in well lighted areas at night. If you have a garage, be sure to use it.