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Are trackers worthwhile? Question

Been getting a bit worried about theft recently, especially when out and about as instant crime seems to be on the rise.

Do they actually work?
Problem is if they are an actual deterrent, as in , do you get stickers warning about the tracker that people would believe.

Does it have much impact on insurance quotes. do you know?
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    Tuesday, April 21 2015, 10:33 PM - #Permalink
    When a bike is stolen its usually to break down into parts so there isn't much point having a tracker as they'll just remove/destroy it unless you're really lucky.

    Ade and I were speaking to a policeman the other day, (as you do) and he was telling us about new detectors they have for DataTag. Apparently all new bikes (above a certain value I guess) will have it fitted as standard from now on. [He mentioned the 2015 BMW S1000rr having it]
    He said its already having an impact on motorcycle thefts in London area which are going down.

    Probably worth getting a DataTag kit which includes the transponder that you cement somewhere in the bike and chemical etching codes to put on the back of all your faring panels.
    Its got a unique code that you register with them so the bike or any parts can be traced back to you.

    I had it on a bike years ago and thinking about it I'll look into getting one for my current bike.
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    Wednesday, April 22 2015, 08:12 PM - #Permalink
    +1 on teh datatag -costs feck all and you xcan register the tag online.

    Had an email through about some tracker thing from that Oxford company.

    i will get a pic...
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    http://www.infinitymotorcycles.com/images/products/medium/oxford-tracker-gps-tracker-002.jpg

    link is tracker

    A lot cheaper than usual shizzle. Yuo stick it on your bke somewehre, prib good if you have a new bike or getting a new bike.
    can track it via your phone and must be better for insurance as well ;)
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    Thursday, April 23 2015, 08:53 AM - #Permalink
    I had my 2013 s1000RR stolen while having a coffee - it had a disk lock and DataTagged (clearly marked as such on the top of the tank). My new bike has had the RoadAngel BikeTrac fitted in addition and I think it's definitely worthwhile for a few reasons:

    1. It gives me peace of mind that I can login and see exactly where my bike is at anytime
    2. It reduces my insurance premiums by quite a lot
    3. Often thieves merely move and hide the bike to determine if a tracker is fitted. If no one collects it within a while, they feel they're safe to swipe it.
    4. I can track my own rides (sounds pointless, but I actually find myself doing it a fair bit)
    5. It provides a bike down alert to my other half if I come off (but it also does do that when I have my knee down on a long sweeping bend as well!)

    I realise that if a thieve is determined enough, they're going to take it regardless. However, after the hassle I had to go through over the theft of my last, I'm determined to do all possible that it be not taken again. If it is taken again, I'm also hoping that the tracker may help me get it back.
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    Thursday, April 23 2015, 04:49 PM - #Permalink
    yorkiedunk wrote:

    I had my 2013 s1000RR stolen while having a coffee - it had a disk lock and DataTagged (clearly marked as such on the top of the tank). My new bike has had the RoadAngel BikeTrac fitted in addition and I think it's definitely worthwhile for a few reasons:

    1. It gives me peace of mind that I can login and see exactly where my bike is at anytime
    2. It reduces my insurance premiums by quite a lot
    3. Often thieves merely move and hide the bike to determine if a tracker is fitted. If no one collects it within a while, they feel they're safe to swipe it.
    4. I can track my own rides (sounds pointless, but I actually find myself doing it a fair bit)
    5. It provides a bike down alert to my other half if I come off (but it also does do that when I have my knee down on a long sweeping bend as well!)

    I realise that if a thieve is determined enough, they're going to take it regardless. However, after the hassle I had to go through over the theft of my last, I'm determined to do all possible that it be not taken again. If it is taken again, I'm also hoping that the tracker may help me get it back.


    Bloody hell.. overnight theft is one thing but whilst having a coffee !!! Damn, that is mad.

    Nice post, excellent reasons to get one. I think it is especially important on expensive, desirable bikes for sure.

    "5. It provides a bike down alert to my other half if I come off (but it also does do that when I have my knee down on a long sweeping bend as well!)" :D :D
    Love that.

    Have you got an audible movement alarm as well? That might put off the feckers.

    How did they actually nick the bike anyway, any idea? Van, wheeled off.... Is the security on bikes these days basically crap? A bit worrying!:(
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    Thursday, April 23 2015, 04:53 PM - #Permalink
    leftturnclyde wrote:


    http://www.infinitymotorcycles.com/images/products/medium/oxford-tracker-gps-tracker-002.jpg



    Ah, yeah, was looking at this myself at the weekend!!
    Noticed it in a bike mag.

    What I like about it is the price and its mobility. As in , you could put it in your car, boat, or even in your kids coat or rucksack, which is brilliiant.
    If it takes like a 100 quid of your insurance quote then you get this for 100 quid which is briliiant and MAY help a lot.

    My problem would be, where the feck do I put it! I guess under the front fairing to the side?
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    Thursday, April 23 2015, 09:53 PM - #Permalink
    Wow, god idea that. I like the idea of that level of protection.
    Ok, so it might not stop it being nicked but it might help at least.
    Anything that gets the premium down aint bad.
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    Thursday, April 23 2015, 11:43 PM - #Permalink
    Wow yorkiedunk, that's a worrying theft, while having a coffee...

    I'll look into it for mine

    I like the idea of recording your route for the day too.
    (Not so keen on the speed being recorded tho ;))
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    Sunday, April 26 2015, 01:23 PM - #Permalink
    A tracker is always worth it.
    First of all, dont be too put off by the scare stories. There are hundreds of bikes found as they had a a tracker and the more of these bike thieving bastards that get put away the better.
    If you have a bike really desirable then get it for sure. it will help with insurance quotes as well.
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