With around 34,000 bikes stolen in the UK each year, of which only 1 in 5 are ever recovered, motorbike security should be top priority for any rider. Mopeds and scooters are the highest risk group. They make up 26% of the total number of motorcycles registered, but account for 56% of all thefts. To make sure you are not a victim of motorcycle theft, see the checklist below for maximum bike security.
1) Secure your bike at ALL times!
Amazingly, less then 50% of motorbikes are even kept secured when stored overnight at home. An unsecured bike is an easy target for thieves, as it can be simply wheeled away or lifted into a van. Therefore, the more security measure you take – especially those that are clearly visible, such as Alarm systems or Immobilisers, the less attractive your bike will be to thieves. By doing this you will greatly reduce your risk of becoming a victim.
2) Double up with a Bike Lock Chain and a Ground Anchor
One of the most low-cost but very effective ways of keeping your bike secure is by using a bike lock chain with a ground anchor. Ideal for installing in your garden or even in your garage, by combining a ground anchor with a heavy-duty metal chain, it is a significant deterrent for the most determined thief.
At Asgard, we offer a range of high quality bike security locks to suit your needs, ranging from Sold Secure approved Ground Anchors for motorbikes and bicycles, to portable bike locks such as the D-Shackle bike lock, the Cable Loop Lock, and the Disc padlock.
Double up on bike security to keep the theives awaySecure your Bike against an immovable object for maximum security.
TOP TIP : Always try to thread the chain or cable through your frame if possible, as many bikes are stolen for parts and one wheel either way won’t stop some thieves from taking your bike.
3) Marking Your Motorcycle
Security marking makes it much more likely your motorcycle or scooter will be recovered and returned, and may put off a thief who doesn’t want the hassle. Mark all parts of the motorcycle with the frame number or the registration number with a simple UV pen from your local DIY store.
4) Motorcycle storage unit or Garage
Keeping your bike out of sight and hidden away in a garage or outdoor storage unit is the best way to keeping it safe from thieves. More than 80% of bike thefts occur from the owner’s home because they get complacent and leave their motorbike outside over night. If you don’t have the room for a garage, or it may not be secure, then the Asgard Motorcycle Storage Unit may be ideal for your bike.
The Asgard Motorcycle Garage is built from our thick, heavy gauge galvanised steel panels, with a built in heavy duty metal floor and large double door access – and is an excellent secure storage unit for your motorbike or cycles. This bike garage offers excellent motorcycle security using an exceptional 5-point locking system. This motorcycle unit comes with a heavy duty integral fold down access ramp, an electrical mounting plate for adding power to the unit, a hook rail, shelf and a vent system which allows exhaust fumes to escape.
Asgard Motorcycle Unit – as recommended by RiDE Magazine
TOP TIP : If you can, put a ground anchor in the garage and lock your bike to it for double the security.
5) Remove Equipment from your bike
A simple way to prevent thieves from stealing your bike as opposed to the one next to it is to remove the spark plug or HT cap. It’s quick and easy and doesn’t cost you a penny. Although, it is fair to say, don’t rely on just this method to secure your bike!
Read up on more motorcycle security tips here, or visit http://www.geton.co.uk/content/security and also from the Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine website.
For a high security outdoor storage shed for your motorcycle, scooter, mopeds or bikes, visit our website http://www.asgardsss.co.uk/ to view our full range of units.
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