Last week’s crash on I-35 involving a stolen motorcycle got the attention of employees at Woods Cycle Country in New Braunfels, and not because the rider walked away with just a few scratches after being clocked at 140 miles per hour.
Mark Sheffield, General Manager at Woods, said motorcycle thefts are a persistent problem in the area.
“I've managed dealerships in Austin, Houston, quite a few different areas, and I would have to say San Antonio seems to have one of the biggest problems out of anywhere I've ever worked,” said Sheffield.
Sheffield suspects the bulk of the thefts are carried out by professionals, possibly working in teams. He believes San Antonio is attractive to thieves because of its large population, and close proximity to Mexico.
“We've had one customer who's had three motorcycles stolen just in the last two years,” said Sheffield.
Sheffield said the bikes are typically chopped, and re-sold as parts, either on the internet, or in Mexico.
For customers looking to protect their investments, Sheffield first recommends they keep their motorcycles out of sight. If that’s not possible, they have the option of installing GPS tracking devices or Lo-Jack modules to aid police in recovering the stolen bike.
Even with those devices, Sheffield said in some cases, the bikes will have already been stripped, with only the frame remaining.
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