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Preventing motorbike and scooter theft

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Motorcycles and scooters are easy to steal when left unprotected. It takes just seconds for a couple of thieves to hoist a motorcycle into a van and take off.

Knowing about the different ways you can protect your bike or scooter will help keep it safe and secure.

Security tips

  • Always lock the ignition and take the key with you when you leave your bike
  • Lock the steering - motorcycles come with a fork lock, which is the equivalent of a car’s steering lock
  • Remove the main fuse of your motorcycle when you park
  • Lock your disks. Motorcycle disk locks attach to the disk brake rotor to prevent the wheel from rolling. Disk locks which incorporate an alarm offer additional protection
  • Lock your wheels. Motorcycle wheel locks work the same way as disk locks - they are just larger
  • Use two or more different locks, for example a chain lock and a U-wheel lock. Thieves might not have the tools to break two different types of lock
  • Chain your motorcycle to a secure object that is difficult to destroy, or to other motorcycles when you park together
  • Use high quality locks that are difficult to break, force, or pick. Look for police-approved products at www.securedbydesign.com
  • Take pictures of your motorcycle and any unique parts and marks. This could help the police to identify it should it be stolen

Safer parking

Out and about

  • Avoid parking next or between large trucks, SUVs or anything that could help cover thieves trying to steal your motorcycle
  • Park your motorcycle in a security camera’s view whenever possible
  • Check your motorcycle frequently, especially right after you park at a public event

At home

  • Store your motorcycle in a secured location such as a locked garage or fenced area
  • Keep your motorcycle locked even when you park it in your garage
  • Install a U-bolt in your garage floor and chain your motorcycle to it while on the stand
  • Block your motorcycle with cars whenever possible
  • Use a motorcycle cover that doesn’t say what is underneath. Consider a cover which triggers an alarm when removed

Security and marking devices

  • Alarms are only effective if someone hears them and then takes action. Pager alarms send a signal to a nominated device when activated, talking alarms play a message and alarm sound when triggered. Find police-approved products at www.securedbydesign.com
  • Install an immobiliser or hidden or spring-loaded switch that must be pressed when starting the engine
  • Use an engraving kit or a security marker pen to mark your bike and as many parts as possible with identifying details, such as the vehicle registration number or postcode
  • Install a tracking device
  • Have CCTV monitors or wi-fi cameras fitted at home. The latter allow you to check in when away and many include recording systems

Protection against professional thieves

Professional thieves know how to pick, break, cut, or force locks, and they plan and prepare well before they attempt to steal. The following steps will help thwart them:

  • Customise your motorcycle. Unique, customised motorcycles are easy to recognise when stolen. Professional thieves know this and prefer to steal motorcycles that haven’t been altered or personalised
  • Don’t keep your title in your motorcycle storage compartment, tank bag or motorcycle saddlebag. Keep it in a safe place at home
  • Be careful about giving out private information on where you live or work, especially when you’re selling your motorcycle online. Don’t post pictures of your motorcycle which include any surroundings which could be used to identify your location

To speak to our crime prevention team about protecting your motorbike or scooter email crimeprevention@northants.pnn.police.uk

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