- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 03 June 2014
Around 80 motorbikes are stolen in the UK every day – that equates to 560 per week*. Of these, a staggering 80% are taken from outside the owners’ home**.
There are many reasons why thieves steal bikes – stealing to order, for joy riding and stealing for parts, amongst others. An unsecured bike is an easy target – it can be lifted, wheeled away or shoved into a van. Despite bike owners being aware of this, less than 50% are protected by security devices. By improving your bike security, you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of bike theft. Here are a few tips on how to keep your bike safe and secure when leaving it at home.
If you have one, take advantage of it. Many home bike thefts can occur when the owner becomes complacent and leaves it outside overnight. Put your bike away in your garage as soon as you return home and ensure your garage is locked and secure. If possible, put an anchor in the garage to attach your bike to.
If you don’t have a garage and you must leave your bike outside your house, use a motorbike cover to place over it securely. Thieves are far less likely to take something that is not immediately obvious to them.
Even if your bike is in your garage, it is still possible for thieves to get to it. Ensure you have a fitted alarm system – it’s worth paying extra for a trained technician to do this for you.
Always take your keys with you when you leave your bike outside your house – even if you are just popping in to pick something up. Hide your keys once in your home – don’t leave them in an obvious spot right by the front door.
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