Over 15,000 motorcycle, moped and scooters were stolen in London in the last year - half of all vehicles stolen in London. It takes a matter of seconds for a thief to steal a moped, scooter or motorcycle, especially if they are left either unsecured or with inadequate security.
What is Be Safe?
The Metropolitan Police has launched a campaign to raise awareness with scooter riders of what they can do to reduce the risk of their scooter being stolen.
It focuses primarily on scooter riders, who are less likely to use strong security products compared with motorcyclists who are biking enthusiasts.
Scooter theft has risen 50% over the last two years in London and is linked to an increase in criminals using them to commit other crimes such as phone snatches.
The campaign encourages riders to layer up their security to better reduce their vulnerability to thieves, using the strapline: ‘The more visible the security, the less visible your scooter is to thieves. Adding extra security makes it harder for them to steal’.
What can you do?
The Metropolitan Police has developed a guide on how to better protect your motorcycle, moped or scooter from theft.
Here's just some of the tips you can follow to reduce the risk of your bike being stolen
- Use two or more security measures and reduce your risk of becoming a victim
- Remove the keys
- Lock your bike
- Use a cover
- Fit an alarm
- Ensure you have security markings on your bike
- No shed or garage? Park in the safest place you can
Read more on the Metropolitan Police website