ATV Anti-Theft - The best way to lock up your ATV or UTV
17 May 2019
ATV and Side by Side security devices are often overlooked because well, lets be honest its not the most glamorous area of riding to spend your money on. The problem is, an astounding amount of ATVs and UTVs are stolen every year, which is why we have compiled a list of different anti theft devises. The items on this list are a rather inexpensive way to assist in the prevention of your machine, so check them out and if you decide to purchase one I would love to hear about which one and why in the comments below.
1. Heavy Duty Wheel Lock
The heavy duty wheel lock is a fantastic option if you want a device that allows you to lock your ATV or UTV, but then easily swap it out and lock your trailer when you hit the trail. The concept is simple and basic, you clasp the lock around any wheel and it keeps your machine from being able to roll. This type of lock is big and easy to notice, which works well as a deterrent before someone even gets up to your machine. The downside to this however, is that it is rather larger and heavy. So while that is no big deal if you want to keep your machine locked up at the cabin or at home, it can be an inconvenient option to have with you at trail stops or at the campsite.
2. Anti-Theft Vibration Alarm
These handy little devices make a great anti-theft system if you are looking for something loud and obnoxious. They are very similar to a car alarm in the sense that it comes with a keypad and makes a loud noise when is senses vibration. They are great for drawing attention to your ATV and if you get the right type you will even be able to adjust the sensitivity. The downside with this is they are not waterproof, so you will want to make sure get some Velcro and remember to remove it before every ride.
3. Disc Lock Anti-Theft System
These are great if you are looking for a mix between both the first and second system discussed above. This type of ATV lock combines the wheel lock method of the first device, with the motion sensor alarm of the second device. What's even better is unlike the motion sensor above, this one is even waterproof. The downside here is that you could cause some real damage if you forget to remove it before trying to drive away. It does come with a "reminder rope" however, so as long as you don't get lazy or rushed and forget to use is you should be OK.
4. Handlebar Brake
This type of lock is probably one of my personal favorites. The system works by basically holding your hand brake to the handlebar, locking your wheel. They are convenient, very simple, and take up very little space when not in use. There is no batteries, no crazy parts, just a simple locking device that is waterproof & rustproof. The concern with these is you have to ensure you purchase one that will fit your machine. The option shown here is a good start and worked for us. We also recommend a company like Amazon because these are not a "one size fits all", so you want to ensure you can return it if it doesn't work out.
5. Cable / Lock & Chain
This is probably the oldest method around and quite honestly still ends up being my "go-to" most of the time. The idea is basic, you wrap the cable around your ATV or Side by Side, then around anything that can't be moved (or maybe even just lock a couple machines together). The one big downfall for this method is the large cable or chain. It can be an awkward item to have in your backpack or carry around with you when out riding or camping.
Lastly, it is important to keep in mind with all of these that they are not a guarantee. If someone truly wants to steal your machine, there is a good chance they will find a way; just like if someone wants to truly break into your home. What these Anti-Theft devices are really good for is making it harder and deterring individuals from doing it.
Do you have experience with an ATV or UTV locking system? Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. Otherwise, as always thanks for reading and I hope to see you on the trail!
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