Protecting your motorcycle

Theft of motorcycles

A survey by the National Crime Intelligence Service (NCIS) revealed that:

  • More motorbikes are stolen in the UK than are bought new
  • It only takes 20 seconds to steal a motorcycle
  • £3 million worth of motorbikes are stolen from the UK streets every month
  • 80% of bikes are stolen from an owner's home
  • The top four makes of motorcycle that account for over 85 per cent of thefts are Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki. In 2013 the most stolen bike was the Yamaha YSF 600 R Thunder Cat (Source: Swinton)

(Source: Motorbike Register website)

Top tips on securing your motorbike

  • Always take your keys with you when you leave your motorbike, even for a short time. If you have security devices fitted, always use them.
  • Fit an approved alarm and immobiliser (and sticker) to your bike - this will deter criminals. If the criminal manages to bypass the alarm the immobiliser will make it difficult if not impossible to start.
  • Park your bike in designated areas that are in full view of a busy street or car park. Keep a look out for car parks displaying a "Secured Car Park" sign.
  • Always lock your bike away in a secure location when it is not in use.  By doing this you may benefit from cheaper bike insurance.
  • Security mark as many parts of the motorcycle and accessories as possible use the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or unique coding supplied by a company e.g. datalog.

The Motorcycle Retailers' Association or your local bike groups like the Motorcycle Action Group will be able to advise on suitable security options for your bike.


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