You are not being misled by the title, this is an actual ongoing epidemic where criminals are putting GPS tracking devices in order to know where your bike stays at night.
In a Facebook group named Kent Ducati Owners Club, a member has posted this scary story.
“I PARKED IN COVENT GARDEN, WEEKDAY, DAYLIGHT. WHEN I WENT TO GET THE BIKE A GIRL FROM A NEARBY CAFÉ ASKED ME IF THE BIKE WAS MINE AND TOLD ME SOMEONE HAD BEEN DOING SOMETHING UNDER THE SEAT OR ENGINE A LITTLE AGO. I LOOKED AND WAS LUCKY TO SPOT A LITTLE THING ABOUT A SQUARE INCH STUCK THERE MAGNETICALLY. ANYWAY, THE MET POLICE TOLD ME THAT NOW THIEVES USE SIMPLE GPS TRACKERS TO FIND OUT WHERE BIKES SLEEP, WHEN THEY ARE UNATTENDED AND STEAL THEM.”
The thieves use two kinds of trackers, and judging by the story it is one of the smaller trackers being used here. The small trackers are put on a bike and it collects the location information of where the bike goes. Then after a few days, the thieves retrieve the tracker and download the information.
The thieves make a lot of investment in this kind of equipment that’s why they only plant it on high-end bikes such as Ducati, BMW, and Yamaha. You can do a lot of things to make it difficult for the thieves to steal your ride. You can stop parking in the same spots again and again as the thieves need to retrieve the tracker and it will be more difficult to do that if you don’t park in the same place.
You can also regularly do a pat down on your bike and look for magnetic trackers can be easily concealed. You can also but a scanning device, but it is expensive and if you have a tracker of your own then it will not be able to identify the foreign tracker.
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