Wiltshire Police are issuing the following security advice to motorcycle owners following an increase in motorcycle thefts during the summer months. There are simple steps owners can take to make a bike or scooter more secure and less likely to be stolen.
Crime Reduction Officer, Amanda Clarke said: ‘Most security measures require some planning and forward thinking. It is up to you to ensure that your motorbike or moped is as secure as it can be. Thinking about where you are going to park and securing the vehicle properly is the minimum you should do and a small outlay on high quality security equipment will be a good investment.
Locking your bike securely is the simplest way of ensuring your moped or motorbike is safe from thieves. Although anything is better than nothing, the better the lock, the more secure your bike, so buy the best you can afford. D locks (also called U locks) are more resistant to tampering than chains and add a disc lock to make the bike even more secure.
Look for products that are ‘Sold Secure’ as these have been tested to high standards. In addition, securing the D lock to something solid, such as a concreted-in ground hasp, will also protect it against being lifted onto the back of a vehicle. If at all possible, keep your bike or moped out of view in a garage or under tarpaulin and make sure that the steering lock is always set.’
There are many different systems available to the motorbike or moped user. Some simply alarm the vehicle so you will hear if anyone tampers with it, some will also immobilize the bike and others may incorporate a GPS tracking device. Fitting any of these devices will act as a deterrent to thieves and may also reduce your insurance premiums. Whichever security product you chose it is important that you have the device fitted by a trained dealer or installer.
Security mark as many parts of your motorbike or moped as possible. This will make it less attractive to thieves and increase the chances of getting your bike back if it is stolen and then recovered. With property marking, the more visible the better, but remember to put a back up marker in a less obvious place.
Selling your bike:
Sometimes thieves pose as potential customers when a bike is offered for sale. They gain valuable information about where the bike is stored, how it is secured and how vigilant the owner is about security. In order to give as little away as possible follow these simple points:
· Have the bike ready when the buyer arrives with locks already removed.
· Don’t discuss your security measures with the buyer; this information could help a thief.
· Don’t let anyone take your bike for a test drive without having checked their identity (e.g. Driving Licence, Passport), their driving experience and their insurance. You can be held responsible for allowing someone to drive without the necessary licence or insurance.
· If the buyer pays by cheque, make sure it is cleared by the bank before allowing them to take the bike.
Tips to remember:
· Never leave keys with the bike or moped even for a short time.
· Use parking spaces especially built for motorbikes and mopeds.
· Park in well lit areas.
· If you have a security device, use it every time you park.
· Cover your machine if possible.
· Do not leave your helmet or other possessions on the bike or moped.
· Mark the main parts of your machine with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
· If you have a garage, use it and remember to lock it.
· Fit an immobilizer and/or an alarm
· Report any suspicious activity to police
Anyone who would like more information should contact the Wiltshire Police Crime Reduction Officers on 0845 408 7000.