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Best Anti-Theft Devices For SXS/ATV

Best Anti-Theft Devices For SXS/ATV

Sep 6th 2022

ATVs and UTVs are popular vehicles for both work and play. However, their small size also makes them a target for thieves. Luckily, there are a number of ways to deter would-be criminals and keep your ATV or UTV safe and sound. Many of these devices are small and inexpensive.

Traditional Locks 


Locks have been a key factor in securing people's treasures for centuries. They're versatile, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive, making them an ideal solution for protecting your investment. The only downside is that ATV/UTV locks can be a bit tricky to keep track of, especially if you have multiple vehicles. Some people choose to engrave the last few digits of the key on the lock itself, so they can easily identify which key goes with which vehicle. If you choose to keep track of your ATV/UTV locks, rest assured that they will provide reliable security for your off-road adventures.

Cable and Lock

Cable and locks are a great way to secure your UTV and ATVs. They're simple to use and can be very effective in deterring thieves. First, run the cable through the frame of your UTV/ATV. This will make it more difficult for thieves to cut through the frame and get to the engine or other valuable components. Additionally, be sure to secure the cable to something that is firmly anchored in the ground. This will make it more difficult for thieves to simply drive away with your vehicle. Cable and locks are inexpensive and easy ways to help keep your UTV/ATV safe from theft.

Wheel Locks

Wheel locks are a type of security device that attaches to the wheel of a vehicle, usually a car or motorcycle, and locks it in place. Wheel locks are typically made of metal and have a yellow or orange color, making them visible and difficult to miss. Wheel locks act as a theft deterrent by making it harder for thieves to steal vehicles. Wheel locks can also be used to secure trailers and other types of equipment. While wheel locks are not foolproof, they can still make it more difficult for thieves to steal your vehicle or equipment. So we can say wheel locks are an important part of UTV safety and can help to prevent theft.

Handlebar Brake Lock (For ATV Only)

Handlebar brake locks are an essential piece of safety equipment for anyone who owns an ATV. This type of lock wraps around the handle and front brake lever, making it impossible to start the throttle. Handlebar brake locks are small and can be easily carried in a backpack, pocket, or storage compartment. They can also be used to secure your ATV when it's not in use.

Handlebar brake locks are easy to use and fit most ATV grips, but it's important to double-check the size before you purchase one. Most locks come with gaskets to fill gaps for smaller handles, so you don't have to worry about that. The bottom line is that a handlebar brake lock is a vital piece of safety equipment for any ATV owner.

Disc Locks

Disc locks are a great way to prevent your UTV from being stolen. They work by bolting into place through the disc brake holes, making it difficult for someone to roll your machine away or to ride it without breaking the disc. These locks also usually come with a strap that you can attach to the handlebars to remind you that the lock is in place. Just be sure not to forget to use the strap, or you may end up damaging the disc yourself. Disc locks are essential safety equipment for any UTV owner, so be sure to pick one up before hitting the trails.

Electronic Device 

Anti-theft protection has never been so good. One of the best things about living in this era? Security measures like electronic devices offer different kinds of anti-theft protection! These handy tools come equipped to sound alarms and track your device if it goes missing or has been stolen, making you feel much safer while out on any adventure. Following are some of the best electronic anti-theft devices for your UTV.

GPS Trackers

GPS trackers are an important tool for protecting your ATV/UTV. The GPS tracker will help you locate your machine faster if your machine is stolen. You can give police the exact location of where the machine was taken, and this information can help them recover it more quickly. GPS trackers can also help you keep track of your machine if it goes missing in an area with bad cell phone coverage. GPS trackers are a great way to keep an eye on your UTV, especially if you live in an area with a high theft rate. By hiding the tracker in a secret location, you can be sure that no one will be able to find it and remove it. The only downside of GPS trackers is that they require a paid subscription. However, this subscription is well worth the peace of mind it provides.

In addition to helping you locate a stolen machine, GPS trackers can also help you monitor your UTV's speed and location. This information can help track how much ground you've covered on a ride.

Vibration Alarm

Vibration alarms are helpful safety devices for any ATV/UTV. These devices are designed to sound an alarm if the UTV is moved or vibrated, indicating that someone is trying to roll it away or drive it off. Vibration alarms are easy to use; you press a button to set the alarm and another to disarm it. To be extra cautious, it's a good idea to hide the alarm on your machine since it can easily be cut. Vibration alarms can also be a great safety measure if you have young children who like to play around with your UTV. If they start the machine and begin driving it, the alarm will sound and alert you. This can help you avoid a potentially dangerous situation. Whether you're concerned about theft or safety, vibration alarms are valuable to any UTV.

Built-In Systems

Built-in theft systems are still revolutionary, even though most automotive vehicles have them. With so much power and finances sunk into UTVs and ATVs, you would think an alarm would be built in. Theft of these machines happens all too often, and it's a huge loss for the owner. Not only do they have to replace the vehicle, but they also have to deal with the time and hassle of filing a police report, getting their insurance company involved, and dealing with their loss. We can say it’s worth it to install a built-in theft system for UTV/ATV owners.

Final Words!

To help protect your ATV or UTV, it's a good idea to use a combination of security systems. An alarm will deter many would-be thieves, and a disc lock will make it more difficult for them to make off with your machine. Even better, a GPS tracker will allow you to track your ATV if stolen, and a wheel lock will make it more difficult for the thief to move it. Using multiple security systems will make it more difficult for thieves to take your ATV or UTV, and it could also help you recover your machine if it is stolen.

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