Jay D.

How to prevent your helmet from being stolen

  1. Some bikes comes with a top case or you can get one installed and use that to lock your helmet with it.
  2. You can also lock your helmet under the seat if your bike / scooter has the mechanism or facility provided.
  3. If possible, you can try to carry the helmet with you.
  4. Use a cable lock to lock your helmet to the bike.
  5. If your bike / scooter comes with a built-in helmet lock, you can lock it to the bike with a cable hook.
  6. You can put your helmet over the GPS mount unlocked.

If you are stuck in a situation where none of the above options are available, the following tips may help:

To begin with, park your bike near busy places with a lot of foot traffic, so a thief has no way of knowing whether someone is looking over the bike or not. 
Secondly, in a quick fix situation, you could hang the helmet from your bike with the chinstrap closed. This way, it would take more time for someone to get the helmet off. The few seconds time delay is sufficient to deter most thieves.

Not sure about wearing a helmet? Lets weigh the pros and cons

Pros of wearing a helmet

  • Protects your head from impact in case of a crash or if the bike skids. Chances of injury or scarring are effectively reduced owing to the biker wearing a helmet.
  • Protects your face from dust and pollution on the road.
  • Protects your eyes from the wind, minute bugs as well as dust and other particles in the air.
  • Provides some level of insulation from traffic noise
  • Saves you from traffic challan and unnecessary haggling with the police
  • Brightly coloured helmets enhance your visibility on the road
  • Protects you on cold and windy days

Cons of wearing a helmet

  • May mess up your neatly styled hair.
  • Might be cumbersome to wear in the summer months due extremely hot weather in some parts of the country.
  • Carrying along your helmet or finding a way to lock it on the bike every time you are going for a ride might be a little taxing.
  • Over a long time of wearing a fitting helmet, it may result in hair loss due to the hair not getting enough oxygen and space to breathe. You may lose your hair through hair breakage which isn’t a permanent hair loss problem.
  • Most of the roads being dusty and so the visor does not stay clean. This makes problems at night, especially when there is light showers as it diffuses the head lights coming from the opposite direction.
  • Helmets damage your spine, just below your head, in rough roads, due to its weight. Light weight helmets are not easily available in India for road use. The ones which are available are the safety helmets used in industrial settings.