Yup, another 'Thief Almost Got My Bike' thread... with a twist.
I've always known that "if a thief wants your bike, he'll get it" yet I honestly believed that the deterrents I'd put in place would make even a pro walk away. Over the years, as I acquired more toys (and worked damn hard to pay for them, like everyone here) I'd put 12 different obstacles in place to REALLY make a thief work hard to get my stuff... and STILL the thieves gave it their best shot to -specifically- take my bike. They obviously did their homework and came prepared because they made it to #10 on the list .
Today I still have my bike (well, it's now been towed away for repairs) but I still feel like I lost big-time. The expense of repairing my property as well as the cost of repairing my bike (ok, a $300 deductible) is a LOT of coin for me. Makes me sick thinking about it. And makes me wonder "was it worth it?". Why do I work so hard f*n hard acquire stuff and then worker even harder to keep others from taking it? I'm so f*n pissed right now...
Below I'm posting pics to show what the thief was wearing [maybe you'll recognize his jacket?], what tools he worked with, what obstacles were -clearly- in his way, some of the damage done and the 10th obstacle that actually saved my bike. Maybe others will get ideas as to what works or doesn't (other than guns! ).... or just an insight as to how determined and 'professional' (ie: planning, preparedness) a 'pro' can be.
Here's the pics in sequence:
1. What the thief was wearing: I found this jacket atop one of my cars. Reconize it?
2. Bolt Cutters left behind by the thief.
3. Theif broke his cutters on obstacle #10. Had to give up at that point?
4. Pic of Cage: I had 2 cages built side-by-side in my bldg's garage. They're triple locked with massive chains, cameras, motion detectors, an alarm and a boobie-trap.
5. Fence View: Anyone can walk up to my cages and many such obstacles in plain view. I've hidden very little.
6. Fence View: No obstructions to thief's view (none). Point: no valuables in cage!
7. Rear of Bike: One can see -from outside the cage- that all the bikes have good locks at the rear, attached to the cage... as well as seeing the locks on the front of the bikes.
8. The SV650's lock.
9. The VTR's lock.
10. All the bikes are chained/locked to each other, easily seen by all (except for the kind of lock actually used). Then they're chained ...to a car.
11. Damage: smashed-in ignition.
12. Damage: ripped out wiring.
13. Damage: bent pipes, dented wheel
14. Damage: bent rotors, scaraped fender. (the bits on the floor - parts of my lock and instrument cluster.
15. Item #10: The $69.00 lock that the bolt-cutters couldn't cut through. Saved my bike. After a thousand+ dollars in damage... a $69 lock did the trick. .