You've all seen the threads recently about several stolen bikes. It's obvious that these thefts will only increase especially with summer around the corner and motorcycles becoming more popular in general. The current economic climate doesn't help either. It is not the intention of this thread to make you paranoid but to make you aware. Let this thread serve as a reminder that there are always people out there who are desperate enough, have nothing to lose and everything to gain by stealing your motorcycle. Coming from a (mainly property and premises) security background I think I can offer some advice: -This point is so important because what is unknown and invisible to someone does not exist and is therefore not a target. Try to avoid leaving your bike visibly parked outside your house for extended periods of time. The potential thief might be driving home from work or a mates place and see a nice bike parked outside a house. His ever scheming brain will then note this. Then another day he might see the same bike parked outside the same house again. He can then on that basis assume that the bike is kept inside the garage at the house at other times. Then all he/they have to do is watch the place for a while until they're sure nobody's home and strike. Garages are typically not very hard to break into for a desperate thief. One kick to the side/rear door can bust it open without causing enough noise to alarm neighbours. Within 10 minutes your bike could be in the back of a van. Be concious of anyone watching you ride into your driveway/garage. Especially if it happens more than once. The less people that know theres a bike at your address the better. -Install a ground anchor with chain. It's not hard to do and will make it difficult for the surprised thief to remove without drawing attention to himself. I'll admit that I don't have this installed right now but will have soon. -Keep your keys and documents (all documents really) in a hidden place. The thief only has several minutes to check the more obvious/popular places. -Maintain a relative amount of online security. These days with facebook, myspace, google earth and streetview some people are giving away too much information. -Have insurance. If you have any other advice or experiences post it up.