Whether you’ve been commuting by bike for years or just a couple of days, keeping your bike safe and secure will no doubt be in the forefront of your mind. Overcrowded bike parks and lack of sufficient storage solutions have led to an increasing number of motorbikes being stolen. A study from Datatool revealed that over 70 motorbikes are stolen every day, equating to £9 million of stolen bikes each month. According to statistics from TalkTalk, the majority of thefts in the capital occur around Central London, while across the whole of the UK, Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki models account for over 85% of all stolen bikes.
But instead of putting you off riding altogether, knowing how to keep your bike as safe and secure as possible will help to ensure you don’t fall victim to such crime. Below are some tips and general advice to keeping your bike secure.
Use simple common sense when it comes to parking your bike. If you know certain areas have a reputation for being notoriously ‘rough’ then avoid parking your bike there at all costs. Similarly, steer clear of empty, run-down car parks and quiet backstreets.
If you can, use a bike park with custom-built ground anchors and stands as these will allow you to secure your bike to something immovable. If you’ve got a motorcycling mate, you can always buddy up with them and secure your bike to theirs with a chain lock: trying to steal two bikes is a heck of a lot more difficult than stealing one.
It’s also a good idea to change where you park your bike so that it doesn’t become a target.
Invest in decent security
If your bike doesn’t come fitted with one already, make sure you buy an immobiliser. Likewise, investing in a bike alarm is always a good idea if your bike is parked nearby and in hearing distance, though it will drain your bike’s battery if activated.
Never settle for second best when it comes to physical security. Secure your motorbike with excellent-quality disc and chain locks. Disc locks fix onto the rear or front brake, making the bike impossible to ride (just remember to remove them before you set off). Invest in a sturdy chain lock so you can secure your bike to fixed objects or another bike.
Once you’ve locked your bike up somewhere safe and secure, make sure you take all valuables with you and empty your pannier bags if you have any.
Carole Nash DNA+
With DNA+, your bike will be invisibly marked with a unique code, which will make it easier to track and recover if it was stolen. The solution used to mark your bike is virtually impossible to remove and can be easily detected by the police.
With the DNA+ kit, you’ll also receive special warning stickers to put on your bike which will deter thieves from targeting your vehicle in the first place. Find out more here.
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