Protect your motorbike
Motorbikes can be lifted and carried away even when locked, so ones left vulnerable are especially attractive to thieves.
Here are four handy ways for you to keep your bike safe and sound.
- Always secure your motorcycle with the fork and ignition locks, remembering to remove the keys
- Set the alarm and immobiliser every time you leave it unattended. Don’t have an alarm? Consider having one fitted and look for it to be Thatcham or equivalent security graded.
- Invest in a quality Sold Secure chain and padlock and always lock the bike to an immovable object, like a bike park securing rail or a ground anchor.
- Chain and anchor the bike even when storing it in a garage or shed at home, and consider fitting a disc lock.
Parking your motorbike
- When parking a motorbike, remember to think about a few added considerations.
- Always chain your bike to a floor anchor or solid, immovable structure. If a fixed anchor point is not available, chain two bikes together.
- Try to park out the general view of passers-by to minimise the chance of your bike being seen by an opportunistic criminal.
- If the bike is on open view in the street or in your garden, cover it with a bike cover. This stops thieves from surveying what type of security devices you are using and planning how to overcome them.
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Mobility Scooter crime prevention advice
- Store your mobility scooter securely when not in use
Parking your scooter in your house or Investing in a small shed specifically for your scooter is worth the time and money to protect it. Alternatively, if you live in a flat with a communal area, ask your neighbours if it is practical to leave your scooter somewhere safer overnight rather than outside.
- Remove the key when leaving the scooter unattended
This may sound like basic advice but many people forget to remove the key from their scooter before going inside a shop, for instance. This gives a thief ample opportunity to take the scooter.
- Use a wheel clamp
A wheel clamp is a strong lock that is independently tested to withstand most tools that thieves use to steal small vehicles such as bicycles. The clamp locks around one wheel and makes it impossible to drive off with the clamp securely in place. A wheel clamp is affordable and simple to use. They are especially useful if you leave your mobility scooter unattended in a public space for long periods of time. A wheel clamp is not always practical if you find it difficult to reach the ground to fit the clamp. If this is the case, our next tip can help.
- Fit a scooter tracker
A small device can be fitted to your mobility scooter that uses mobile phone technology to broadcast the scooter’s location in the event that it is moved without consent. You will need some mobile phone know-how, or someone you trust who can help, but this small piece of technology has helped to retrieve many stolen mobility scooters. It is best to talk to your trusted mobility specialist to learn about mobility scooter trackers.
- Fit a scooter alarm
Similar to a scooter tracker, a scooter alarm can easily be fitted to a scooter. Once activated (at the press of a button) the scooter will sound the alarm if it is sat on or moved. This will attract attention to a thief and stop them in their attempt to steal the scooter.
- Alternate your parking habits
If you travel to the same destination on your scooter everyday, consider changing your parking spot every now and then. As good as a regular routine can be, thieves are quick to notice patterns in behaviour and even quicker to spot an easy target for theft. Ideally, you should keep the scooter in sight but if you cannot, then change your parking spot whenever possible.