Motorcycle theft is on the rise. A Home Office report earlier this year stated that between 2012 and 2014, motorcycle theft in London alone had increased by 44pc.
This trend is also echoed in other parts of the country. Police in Edinburgh, for example, have launched an operation dedicated to tackling the issue, as well as the antisocial behavior associated with these crimes.
Put simply, bikes are more vulnerable than cars. But how can you protect yours from thieves, whether it’s a moped, a scooter or a motorbike?
- Invest in a decent alarm, immobiliser and tracker. Bike alarms can save you money on your insurance. Bikesure, the freethinking insurance broker, offers discounts for approved security devices. These are divided into various categories. An alarm and immobiliser set-up belonging to Thatcham Category 1 can get a 12.5pc discount on insurance. Specialist trackers fall under Thatcham Category 5, and reduce the policy by 15pc.
- Secure your bike with decent locks. There’s a wide variety of locks available on the market. They range from chains and security shackles to disc locks and ground anchors. With all locks, keep them off the ground as this makes it harder for thieves to smash them. Also, never put the chain just through your wheel as they’ll still take the parts. For the best results, use a combination of locks for extra security.
- Store the bike securely whenever possible. Bikes aren’t safe parked outside the home and wherever possible, they should be locked in a garage. A CCTV system can also be installed to monitor the bike and the surrounding area as a backup option. But don’t rely on this solution – many thieves cover their faces with helmets or balaclavas during the act and can’t be identified on camera.
- Be aware of the crimes being carried out. Join an owners club, network with other riders, and check-in with online biker forums. There, you will meet like-minded folk and find out the latest tricks being pulled by thieves. Getting the low-down on motorbike security is valuable, and you can’t beat talking to riders already using the latest tools available. The more you’re aware of these tools, the more you can protect your own bike from these criminals.
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