We’ve recently come across a video from the Metropolitan police, giving further advice and instruction regarding “scooter” security, though we think message really rings true for all bikes.
whatever your thoughts on the police or their handling of stolen bikes, which we tend to feel is generally not up to scratch. There is none the less some some good information.
Over 15,000 motorcycle, moped and scooters were stolen in London in the last year – half of all vehicles stolen in London.
It takes a matter of seconds for a thief to steal a moped, scooter or motorcycle, especially if they are left either unsecured or with inadequate security.
Use two or more security measures and reduce your risk of becoming a victim.
It is becoming increasing more apparent that the earnest is on us to do more to secure our property, over trusting that other people will generally be good and not steal them or that should the police catch them, they will be punished correctly (emphasis on the “should” in that statement).
It is fair to say that with all the police and will in the world, if a bike thief wants your bike they will find a way to get it. All you can do is make it not worth their time or effort and increase the risk of them getting caught.
Below are some tips from the Mets scooter security site
Unfortunately security measures can’t guarantee your bike won’t be stolen, but by using multiple security measures you can make it harder and less attractive for thieves.
We recommend using a chain lock on your back wheel and through your bike frame, plus one other security measure, as a minimum.
Reduce your risk of becoming a victim by taking steps to layer your security:
Lock your bike
Never rely on just using your steering lock to secure your bike.
A common method used by thieves to steal a bike is to break the steering lock and simply wheel the bike away.
- Use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed easily so won’t help). Where possible, secure your bike, with the lock off the ground, to an immovable object such as a ground anchor, railings or lamp post, which will also stop thieves from just picking the whole bike up.
- If these options aren’t available, always try to thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel if the design allows it. This helps protect parts being stolen and stops thieves from simply using a hammer or angle grinder to break the lock if it’s left trailing on the ground.
- Using a disc lock helps to secure the front brake disc to physically stop it from being wheeled away. Use a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls.
Use a cover- just doing this can mean thieves don’t ‘see’ it.
- Thieves often ‘shop’ for particular bike models, so using a bike cover instantly makes it less attractive to them, as they can’t see if it’s the model they are interested in. A cover also provides another time consuming obstacle for the thief.
Fitting an alarm can be a deterrent to thieves.
- Consider fitting a Thatcham-rated 1 or 2 alarm system with tracking, immobilisation, anti-grab and movement sensors can help protect and trace your vehicle.
- A quality Thatcham approved, professionally fitted alarm system will not only put off thieves, but could also reduce your insurance premiums.
Property mark the parts
- Marking as much of your bike as possible will make it more difficult for criminals to sell parts on, and therefore less attractive to steal. It will also help police identify parts and return recovered stolen bikes
Hopefully this will open up some eyes in terms of just how easy bike theft can be – particularly scooters. Please do share these tips around and if it means just one bike is stopped from being stolen then that’s one of our brothers or sisters that can ride again tomorrow!
- Have you ever had a bike stolen, and if you have what have you changed about your security?
- What security tips do you have now?
- What is the best bike security you would recommend?
We’d like to hear!!
We are pleased to say however that police are now starting to take things more seriously, which we have blogged about here – Tougher stance on moped gangs and bike theives!