Lock, chain and cover: how to properly secure your bike
Almost 23,500 crimes were committed on 14,000 stolen scooters, motorcycles and mopeds in London last year. Offences included robberies, burglaries, theft-snatches, violent crimes and the transportation of illegal weapons and drugs.
But the police are fighting back. In October 2017, the Met introduced new tactics, such as using scrambler bikes, automatic tyre deflation devices and DNA sprays, to support ongoing policing operations. Since spring/summer 2017, London has witnessed a significant reduction in these crimes; scooter, motorcycle and moped theft has plummeted by 52%, while crimes committed using these vehicles has fallen by 47%.
What can you do to help? Simple: lock, chain and cover your vehicle:
Lock: use a disc lock to help to secure the front brake disc, or a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls.
Chain: use a chain lock through the back wheel (since the front wheel can be removed). Secure your bike, with the lock taut, to an immovable object such as a ground anchor or street furniture.
Cover: conceal the bike – it makes it less attractive and harder for thieves to steal.
As demonstrated in the video below, it only takes two ticks. And not only will it help ensure the safety of your bike, but the safety of other people just like you.
The 'Be Safe' campaign supports ‘Operation Venice', the Met's response to scooter, motorcycle and moped-related crime, with extra attention focused on the boroughs experiencing peak levels of scooter theft, namely Brent, Camden, Islington, Ealing, Haringey, Westminster, Wandsworth, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth, and Hammersmith and Fulham.
Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, Territorial Policing, said: "We have put a huge amount of effort into stemming the rise in moped-enabled crime, and are now seeing reductions, which is great. However, we are not complacent. All the new tactics and technology we have introduced will be backed up by really proactive policing.
"Today, I'd like to ask all scooter or moped users in London to become a part of our effort to make life harder for these criminals. Lock, chain and cover your bike when you leave it. It is simple, yet effective, and if it makes a thief think twice before stealing your bike, then it's worth it."
Tony Campbell, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, said: "The motorcycle industry is working closely with the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office to help tackle scooter theft and associated crimes, and spread the message that locking and covering a motorcycle or scooter will make it a less desirable target to opportunistic thieves. We are therefore calling on all owners of powered two-wheelers and everyone working in the industry to get behind a culture of always using physical security."
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