BEAT THE THIEVES ON TWO-WHEELS
AS any rider knows only too well, bikes and scooters are notoriously easy to spirit away into the back of a van or something similar. Investing in mechanical and electronic devices and marking your bike will obviously lessen the chances of your pride and joy being stolen.
An insurance-approved combined alarm/immobiliser is an excellent deterrent. Ensure you have it professionally fitted: a DIY fit may invalidate your insurance.
Chains and padlocks are versatile mechanical security. A U-lock, securely attached to a solid feature, is recommended.
Marking/Identification systems may deter thieves and could help you get your machine back if stolen.
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At home, ground anchors are recommended as are stronger garage locks. When out and about, use custom-built motorbike/scooter parking spaces where available.
When buying a new bike:
Check its security extras, and their compatibility with your insurance cover: you may qualify for a discount on your premium.
Check what insurance-approved aftermarket security your dealer can offer.
When buying second-hand:
Check that the numbers on the registration document tally with the frame and engine numbers (always ask to see the original document and check for alterations).
Does the seller's name appear on the document, and if not, why not?
Can the seller prove their identity and address?
Are they keen to meet away from the registered address? If so, why?
If electronic security is fitted, does the owner have the correct Certificate of Installation etc?
A brief call to HPI, the AA or the RAC database should reveal the machine's history.
If you've further queries, then it's worth contacting your local crime prevention officer or any of the various motorcycle support groups such as the Motorcycle Action group or the British Motorcyclists' Federation for information on local groups: all these are working towards combating bike crime.