Did you know that over 25,000 bikes were stolen in the UK last year? That means, on average, an astounding 2,085 of our fellow motorcyclists had their rides pinched per month. 70 thefts a day equates to around 3 bikes being taken every single hour. Unfortunately, these numbers are continuing to rise in some parts of the country, but there are ways we can protect our bikes from becoming victims of theft.
Bike thefts are hugely inconvenient and upsetting, but evidence shows that not enough bikes are protected by security devices.
How to keep you motorcycle safe from thieves:
Lock it up:
Casual bike thieves often just take the bike that’s easiest to steal. A sturdy chain and padlock is often enough to deter these opportunists, especially if there are other (more vulnerable) vehicles in the vicinity.
A good quality lock really is important, and you should aim to secure your bike to a lamp post or another immovable object. If you can, it’s best to secure the bike through the frame, rather than the wheel, as bikes targeted for parts can have the wheel removed and the bike bundled into a van. Disc locks are also good deterrents against the casual thief and have the benefit of being easy to carry around, but they won’t stop the gangs who simply lift their ill-gotten gains into a van.
Cover it up:
It's also hard to overestimate how effective a well-fitted bike cover can be in deterring bike thieves. As well as protecting your bike from the elements, it’s also a surprisingly effective way of keeping your bike away from prying eyes. Remember, out of sight is out of mind and Storm motorcycle covers has various options to get your pride and joy covered.
Alarm & Trackers:
Insurance approved alarm and immobiliser systems will deter many thieves, and it’s always worth paying that little bit more for alarms fitted by a factory trained technician. Trackers can often help get your bike back if it is stolen, and these kinds of devices may reduce your motorcycle insurance premium.