By Talya Adams
If I had to assess myself after all was said and done with the drama of my near motorcycle theft, I’d say I was simmering somewhere around anger and guilt. Guilt because I still feel like I should’ve done more to prevent this from happening, and angered because someone had the audacity to attempt to take something from me, something I’d worked very hard to attain.
Yes, I know my motorcycle is a materialistic item, but it’s more than that in my eyes. It represents a freedom few people will every understand.
I’ve had my motorcycle back for a few weeks now, and every time I prepare to ride I see the results of the attempted theft. The scratched up and replaced ignition housing, the dented and damaged fairings around my front forks, and the new key I have now, which I’ve labeled with a reminder of ‘lock’. There’s no forgetting for me, not any time soon anyway.
So, why don’t I fix the superficial damage? Why do I keep these reminders? It’s simple, I don’t want to forget. I want the reminders to keep me aware of the real danger of auto theft in Los Angeles, and many other cities as well. I was comfortable before the attempted theft on my bike. I had a routine, and I felt safe parking my bike at work. I didn’t think for a moment someone was casing my ride and plotting to take it away from me. I was wrong.
I did extensive research about motorcycle theft in Los Angles afterwards, and I’m more aware now than I was before about how easy it is to take a bike and sell it before the owner has a fighting chance of recovering it. I also now know my bike is very popular on the black market, and I have to remain on the defensive at all times. It sucks, because I do feel paranoid more often than I used to.
However, I don’t ever want to get caught slipping again – I can’t afford to. I don’t have a set routine anymore, and I have taken solid security measures to deter thieves moving forward. I’ll do whatever I have to in order to never be a victim again, and if it means remaining uncomfortable, so be it.
Stay safe in these streets!