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How to avoid your motorbike being stolen

Read our top tips to help keep your motorbike safe from thieves

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How to protect yourself and your motorbike

Motorbike and moped theft is a growing issue according to the police.

Statistics show that the vast majority of moped thefts are of parked and unattended bikes. A thief will only need a few minutes with an unattended bike if it's not properly secured. If it isn't secured thoroughly the owner could be invalidating the terms of their motorbike insurance.

So, although police are working hard to reduce the level of motorbike and moped crime, there are certain measures you can take to reduce the chances of your bike being stolen too. Preventative security is key - the more effort a thief has to put in to taking a bike, the more likely they are to abandon an attempt.

LV= and the Metropolitan Police have compiled some top tips to help owners look after their motorbikes and mopeds:

  1. Always use the steering lock and remove the ignition keys, even if you are close by or away for a few minutes. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to jump on so don't make it easy for them.
  2. Park under CCTV where possible, or if that isn't an option park in a well-lit busy area.
  3. A common method used by thieves to steal a bike is to break a steering lock and simply wheel the bike away. Using a chain lock through the back wheel will help prevent this (the front wheel can be removed easily so won't help). Also using a Thatcham approved alarmed padlock would be very useful.
  4. Where possible, secure your bike 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.
  5. If these options aren't available, always try to thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel. This helps protect parts being stolen and stops thieves from simply using a hammer/ angle grinder to break the lock if it’s left trailing the ground.
  6. Using a disc lock also helps to secure the front brake disc to physically stop it from being wheeled away.
  7. 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.
  8. Installing a tracking device is also a good way to locate your scooter if it's stolen.

We recommend using more than one item of security to reduce the risk of theft. For more help and information about preventing motorbike crime, visit www.met.police.uk/crime-prevention/theft-of-a-vehicle/theft-motorcycles-scooters