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RRPD: Thieves Targeting Motorcycles

Updated: Friday, October 11 2013, 02:12 PM CDT

From Georgetown to Austin and all in between, if you ride a Japanese sports bike watch your back -- better yet watch your bike.

Round Rock police put out this alert last month warning bikers to protect their property. But Round Rock is one small part of the puzzle.

Bikers in Austin, Travis County, and Georgetown are also being targeted. And police believe one organized group could be behind them all.

With so many players and schemes it's hard to sort the victims from the thief or accomplice. That's why it's so hard for police to get ahead of the problem

But there is something you can you do. A disc lock can cost between $25 and $120 and takes just a few seconds to put on and take off. It won't stop a determined thief from carrying the bike away -- but there's an app for that.

It's a little GPS box and it's hidden on the motorcycle. Then your phone can link up to that box and track your bike by GPS. It also has a kill function.

That is about $500 installed. An extra service can even send you a text message when someone gets too close.

It's an investment. But when thieves are on the prowl it may be just enough to make them move on.

You can also make markings on all the easily removable parts on your bike, in an inconspicuous place. That way if your bike is stolen, you'd be able to identify the parts without serial numbers.

By Melanie Lofton

RRPD: Thieves Targeting Motorcycles

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