Mopeds, Scooters & Motorcycles account for 50% of stolen vehicles
On the 23rd June – Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick – extended the ‘Be Safe’ campaign to include action against the theft of scooters, motorcycles and mopeds across London. Over very recent years, the UK (especially London) has seen a sharp ride in bike theft, with over 15,000 motorcycles, mopeds and scooters being stolen in London alone over a 12 month period. This accounts for over 50% of stolen vehicles in London, further compounded by figures showing that during a similar period, scooters were used in 14,000 crimes.
[All images on this page: The Met’s ‘Be Safe’ Campaign]
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Make motorcycle & scooter security as visible as possible
Despite the statistics – motorcycle, moped and scooter owners remain generally complacent. Many neither have additional security or simply don’t use their security on every occasion that it would be wise to do so.
The key message of ‘Be Safe’ is that ‘the more visible the security, the less visible your scooter is to thieves – adding extra security makes it harder to steal’. The campaign aims to educate riders to use at least two extra ‘layers’ of bike security. These measures particularly apply to scooter owners, who the statistics show are most at risk.
Research suggests that thieves are mostly put of stealing motorcycles, scooters and mopeds where two further locks are used. This makes them less likely to be targeted owing to the time/effort involved, especially when you consider that a minimally secured scooter or moped can be stolen in less than a minute!
Along with adverts on buses, parking bay events, leaflets, events and social media – The Metropolitan Police is increasingly being supported by motorcycle industry partners and motorcycle dealerships, plus councils, insurers and manufacturers are all being asked to raise awareness and work towards finding longer term solutions. In addition, motorcycle training providers – particularly those delivering Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), may be asked to promote bike security measures during training sessions.
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Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) said: “The MCIA is pleased to support this campaign to help riders make their bikes more secure. All riders must play their part in tackling motorcycle and scooter theft by taking sensible security measures when parking – using two or more high quality locks will help to deter opportunistic thieves. Our message is simple – protect your bike by layering your security!”
Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick said: “This campaign is about encouraging scooter owners to do everything they can to adequately secure their vehicle against its theft and its subsequent use to commit thefts and violent robberies against the public.
How to better secure your motorbike
Whilst the Police continue to take steps to reduce motorcycle, moped and scooter theft, the biggest positive impact rests in the hands of motorbike owners.
- Park securely: Designated bike stands with installed ‘security loops’ are best. Failing that, don’t park a bike in isolated, quiet areas where they are an easy target. Choose a parking area with good lighting, plenty of people and working CCTV.
- Night security: a simple motorcycle cover is a deterrent, as is the use of ground anchors or securing a motorbike to something secure.
- Double lock it: Two or more additional locks are good – attached to difficult-to-remove parts of a motorbike i.e. disc locks, chain locks, clutch/throttle locks.
- Audible alarms: Use bike theft alarms
- Marking & Tracking: Invest in security marking and bike tracking – these enhanced security measures are becoming increasingly affordable and in respect of the costs of replacing a motorcycle, are a very good investment.
- Insurance: be aware that insurance companies are increasingly insisting on increased security measures, but may offer discounts if they are used.