ATVs are M.I.A.

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

When the weather gets good, many thrillseekers in the grand valley head to the desert to take out their dirtbike or all-terrain vehicle to ride.
Local law enforcement agencies say with that warmer weather comes more thefts of recreational vehicles.
While there is no totally fool proof plan to prevent someone from stealing your dirtbike or ATV, there are some steps you can take to at least make it very difficult for a thief to take it from you.
The hobby is nearly as expensive as it is exciting, and Grand Junction Police say there has been a rash of recreational vehicles stolen lately.
Nearly all of them were easy grabs for any thief passing by.
Sargeant WIlliam Baker of the police department says most vehicles are easy for the taking, "The vehicles are unsecured, they're left unlocked or in an open area that's accessible to a passerby."
Ask dirtbiking veteran Kenny Hammel.
The 53-year-old has since he was 15 and says he's seen it all.
People have stolen from him plenty of times.
"It hurts, you back to camp and your stands are gone or your missing some brake levels right off your bike," he says, but even more heartbreaking, "It's not just somebody thieving, it's usually someone you ride with."
The police and Hammel recommend locking your vehicles up.
Not out in the open, but stored somewhere safely indoors.
Hammel keeps his dirtbike in a local storage facility, but when he is out in the desert, he has his own makeshift truck to store it.
So some tips for you to keep your hobby from becoming another statistic, don't leave your vehicle outside if your no where near it, use a garage or storage center to keep it as safe as possible, and NEVER leave your keys in the ignition.
Because recreational vehicles don't have to be registered, Grand Junction Police says there is a slim chance to find them if they are stolen.


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