Steering Lock - possible damage
So, I noticed the other day that when my bars are turned to the left and I have the steering lock enganged that I can still move the bars back to center to an almost straight position. I would say that the front tire ends up being about 5 to 10 degrees of center when I move it in this situation. Is this normal? I am suspecting that it is damage from either someone trying to steal/mess with it, or have read where the lock can get bent or damaged over time. I, honestly, have never thought to check before since any bike I have owned pretty much locks tight when locked, and once locked, i don't mess with it...so, though I lean towards damage, I wanted to ask first.
Also, there has been zero signs of tampering which it puzzling. bar end mirrors have not been moved or damaged (was thinking if someone was forcing it, the left side mirror would have been out of position or moved/loosened if they hit it in an attempt to break the lock). No signs of being knocked over. etc. etc
When I lock it with the bars turned to the right, there is next to no play, which increased my suspicions.
thanks in advance for any insights