Theft is something that no motorcyclist wants to deal with, but unfortunately motorbikes continue to be a target for criminals. We’ve put together this handy guide of top tips to make it as difficult as possible for thieves to get away with your pride and joy. It may seem like a hassle, but these simple steps could save you from a lot of inconvenience if your bike was stolen.
- Always lock it - Always put the steering lock on and invest in a decent lock and chain. Chain your bike to an immovable object such as a ground anchor or lamp post whenever possible. If you don’t have room to carry a chain, use a disc lock instead. Alarmed disc locks are best as they will alert anyone around when tampered with.
- Never leave your keys – Always keep your keys with you. Never leave the key in the ignition, even if it’s just to pop into the house or petrol station. Keep your keys in a safe place at home too, out of sight of prying eyes and away from doors and letterboxes.
- Public parking – When you park in a public place, try to park in a busy well-lit location and in sight of CCTV if possible.
- Storage at home - If you have a garage, use it. If not, keep your bike covered so it doesn’t attract attention. Make sure you lock your bike as well though, as a garage alone won’t be enough to deter thieves.
- Alarm and immobiliser – Purchase an alarm and immobiliser if your bike doesn’t come with these factory-fitted. An alarm will draw attention to a thief tampering with your bike, while an immobiliser will prevent them from stealing the bike. Preferably choose devices that are approved by insurance companies (see www.thatcham.org).
- Security marking – Consider using security marking system such as Datatag or Alpha Dot. Alternatively, mark bike parts with your registration number or postcode using a UV pen.
Remember, thieves will be looking for motorbikes that are quick and easy to steal, so the more security measures you can use, the better. Use two or more different types of locks if you can as a thief is less likely to be equipped to tackle both. By using approved security devices you could even reduce your insurance premium.