Safe Riding

LoJack Your Bike?

Written by  April 30, 2005

Fortunately, I have never had one of my motorcycles stolen (knock on chrome), but if it ever was, I would love to be able to track down the filthy scumbag who stole it before he stripped it down and sold off all the parts...wouldn't you? Well, now you can! At least in select areas of the country.

After more than 17 years of tracking and recovering cars and trucks, LoJack Corporation, Westwood, Massachusetts, is entering the motorcycle market. LoJack's Stolen Vehicle Recovery System is integrated with law enforcement agencies in 22 states and more than 25 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. LoJack Police Tracking Computers are installed in police cars, helicopters and aircraft, and use radio frequency (RF) technology to track and recover stolen vehicles. LoJack Corporation claims to deliver a better than 90% success rate in recovering stolen cars and trucks, even if the lowlife tries to hide your vehicle in a garage, steel container or in the woods.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that motorcycle theft in the United States and Canada was up 55% from 2002 to 2003 and I highly doubt the 2004 reports are going to be any better.

The new system, which is simply called, LoJack for Motorcycles, if being rolled out in the United States, in markets where motorcycle theft rates are the highest. The product is already available at certified franchise dealers in Massachusetts and will be available in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area by March 2005. LoJack For Motorcycles will be available in Texas and California later in 2005. The product has a retail price of $595, and a one-time installation fee payable to the dealer. It comes with a limited two-year Original Purchaser's Warranty and a money-back guarantee if your stolen motorcycle is not recovered within 24 hours, which is nice, but the least of your problems if your bike isn't recovered.

By Mike Schweder