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Motorcycle theft is a major problem for bike owners in the UK. There are a number of Organised gangs are operating in all areas – and the statistics show that the majority of motorcycle thefts occur from the owner’s home. By fitting an approved motorcycle security device, such as a bike alarm, motorcycle security system, tracker, ground anchor, and bike lock or chain, you can reduce the chances of being one of these statistics.
FACT – 80% of bikes are stolen from home.
FACT – A bike is over twice as likely to be stolen than a car.
FACT – 100 Motorcycles are stolen everyday in the UK.
FACT – 60% of stolen bikes end up being broken for parts and are never recovered.
What can you do?
If you own a motorcycle or scooter, make sure you take the basic security measures to keep your vehicle safe can help protect yourself from the cost, stress and inconvenience of vehicle crime. Read the advice from Thatcham; the experts in Vehicle Security on how to keep your bikes safe.
Did you know? Thatcham are experts in Vehicle Security and provide information to insurance and motor vehicle industries to improve safety and security, as well as testing various vehicle security devices for quality.
1) Parking your motorbike
× Always park in a well-lit street or in a secure car park
× Immobilise and alarm your vehicle every time you leave it unattended
× Never leave your keys in the vehicle even for a moment, such as at petrol stations or to ‘pop’ back into your house/office
× When locking your car using your key fob always check that the vehicle has actually locked before you move off
× Take valuables with you. If you can’t, then place them out of view in a lockable seat-box. Make sure all electronic goods are switched off
2) Motorbike security products
× Choose Motorbike locks that have Thatcham approval on their products. Thatcham approval means that the product meets a high level of toughness and other security bonuses.
Click here to view a range of Thatcham approved motorcycle locks, chains and ground anchors for your motorbike.
× If your vehicle doesn’t have an alarm fitted as standard equipment, then have a Thatcham recognised alarm professionally fitted to your vehicle.
3) Everyday safety
× Plan your journeys in advance to avoid stopping in unfamiliar areas
× Keep your keys out of view in a safe place. At home, place them in a drawer away from doors, windows or the letterbox
× Protect your expensive wheels and tyres by fitting Thatcham recognised locking wheel nuts/bolts
× At home, leave your vehicle overnight in a locked garage where it is out of sight.
If you don’t have the space for a garage, consider investing in a metal garden shed, such as the Asgard Motorcycle Storage Unit. Built from thick, heavy galvanised steel panels, with a built-in heavy duty metal floor and large double door access, the Asgard Motorcycle Storage unit is perfect for keeping your motorbike and equipment safe and dry in or out of the riding season.
Did you know? Thatcham approved products can get you a discount on your motor vehicle insurance policies.
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