If you are leaving your motorcycle parked in a public park, look for CCTV cameras and park in the line of their sight, if that is possible.
Most railway parking stations and public carpark areas such as shopping centres have CCTV cameras that are monitored by security staff.
However, they are not always trained on the motorcycle parking areas.
One western Sydney resident recently told us that the Penrith station has dedicated parking for about eight bikes on the outside of a multi-story carpark.
“Inside the car park and around the station is a good network of CCTV that covers the majority of the station, that is except where motorbikes are parked,” he says.
“I have seen one poor rider return to find his chain cut and helmet on the floor with no bike.”
He wrote to NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Mark Court who replied that Sydney Trains will “consider” the rollout of a new CCTV system as part of the commuter car park upgrade at the station.
We contacted ministers in various states for their policy on CCTV cameras and incidence of motorcycle theft, but could not get any statistics.
However, each state has thousands of CCTV cameras and security staff who monitor the cameras and patrol these stations.
But it is up to riders to ensure they park under lights and in line of sight of the cameras, if possible.